With the Sun in Taurus (sensuous, indulgent, and naturalistic) and the moon in Gemini  (inquisitive, observant, and eager), today is a Page of Coins day.

In the tarot, the Page of Coins represents a tender, young soul who is amazed at the wonder of the universe and whomever – or whatever – created it.    In many respects this is most spiritual card in the deck.

Thus it is not surprising that on a Page of Coins day you are motivated by a genuine desire to learn – both through study and meditation.  You needn’t be in a temple, church, or mosque to find that for which you’re looking.  Intuitively, you know it can be found in the wild, sweet song of a meadowlark as well as in the whirring of a well-oiled factory machine.

This attitude of pure wonder is both the promise and danger of a Page of Coins day.

In the Kabbalah, the Page of Coins corresponds to the attitude of kavanah, mindfulness or holy intention.   With kavanah, everything is experienced as blessed.  In this state of mind however, it’s all too easy for your spiritual quest to turn into one purely of the material world.   For on a Page of Coins day, all that glitters appears to be gold.

Unless you’re particularly vigilant (i.e. cultivated kavanah requires conscious intentionality), you’re as likely to seek money, prestige, and power as you are something of more lasting value.

Whichever you choose, know that in the tarot the Page of Coins heralds the arrival of that which surprises as well as other un-looked for news.  In other words, be careful of what you seek today because you might just get it.

With the upcoming new moon in Taurus, today is an Ace of Coins day.

In the Kabbalah, all the aces belong to Kether which is the topmost sefira on the Tree.  It’s from Kether that all creation arises and, because of its correspondence to the crown chakra, it is the point through which divine energy enters your body.

Literally, Kabbalah means ‘receiving’.  It’s the study of how you receive fulfilment in your life.  On an Ace of Coins day, you are about to receive something big.  The gift of Coins is nothing less than that of incarnation and materiality.

Contrary to popular belief this does not necessarily mean financial riches – although in certain circumstances – it might do.

Instead, the Ace of Coins promises luck and success in all your spiritual and material comings and goings – whatever they may be.

When dealing with this energy,  it’s worth remembering that in the Judeo-Christian religion the first gift from God was the Garden of Eden.  Indeed in many versions of the tarot deck, the Ace of Coins is represented by a garden brimming with red roses and white lilies.

What a wonderful gift –  an earthly paradise in which to wander  – where green grass grows and blue waters flow and the sparkling stars come out each night.  This paradise is your birthright as well as your home.  Yet if you fail to take proper care of it, you could find yourself quite literally – like Adam and Eve – out in the cold.

So on a Ace of Coins day, take time out to consider the material resources available to you and yours as well as to honour that from which they emanate.  It also wouldn’t hurt to consider what you need to do to ensure that these blessings remain forever yours to enjoy.

Traditionally, Boxing Day was the day when those who ‘have’ gave something to those who ‘have not’ – like coins dropped in the special alms box at church or presents given to the servants. May sound condescending to modern minds, but perhaps the gesture was better received than we imagine.

At any rate, these days Boxing Day means nothing more than beginning of the famous after Christmas sales.  In other words, not only do those who ‘have not’ continue on their sad trajectory, but those who already ‘have’ acquire even more.

Don’t get me wrong.  I love a sale as much as the next guy.  But I can’t help thinking that somehow, as a society, we’ve lost the bigger picture of Christmas.

Because of its association with the Christ (and hence Christmas), Tiphareth, the 6th sephirah of the Kabbalistic Tree, may shed light the problem.

According to the occultist, Dion Fortune, Tiphareth is associated with the tarot sixes – victory (wands), joy (cups), earned success (swords), and material success (pentacles).    There’s nothing wrong with money.  It’s what we do with it that matters.

In Hebrew, Tiphareth signifies Beauty.  True beauty consists in the relationship of harmonious forms, on both the material and moral planes.   Yet all too often our focus gets stuck on the material plane.  Given the media hype to which we’re exposed every day, that’s no surprise.  Yet morality has always had a key role in a functioning society.  Without it, we could take no man for his word and that would spell disaster for commerce.

Tiphareth also called the Sphere of the Sun; because of its central location on the Kabbalistic Tree, it holds the same place in human lives, as does the Sun in our solar system.

As such, a strong sense of self is indispensible with Tiphareth.

Yet  Tiphareth requires  more.  It it requires the simultaneous centrality of self and communion with others.  Perhaps this why the gift-giving traditions of Christmas arose.

Tiphareth also is associated with the sacrificed God, the Crucified Christ, the Divine Redeemer who having, incarnated is fated to die.  Dion Fortune reminds us we can never understand Tiphareth unless we understand of the real meaning of sacrifice.

Whatever that is,  I suspect it has hasn’t much to do with the Boxing Day sales (unless of course, one counts thee running up of more credit card debt for which at some point in the future, real sacrifice will have to be made).

Whether or not you celebrate Christmas as the birthday of Christ, a boy named Jesus born in Bethlehem two thousand years ago, by revisiting the concept of ‘Christ consciousness’ you may find the holiday season more meaningful.

The Jesuit priest, philosopher, and palaeontologist, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, used the term ‘Christ consciousness’ to denote an Omega point, toward which he believed human collective consciousness is evolving.  Reaching the Omega point (the end of the world as we know it) will bring us not only ‘peace on earth and good will to men’ but also a transcendent, love-dominated enlightenment through which we will become one with the ‘ultimate reality’, otherwise known to some as God.

Quantum physics supports this view.  In essence, mankind, acting as a collective Christ, plays the role of the conscious quantum-mechanical observer:

“One might say that, by virtue of human reflection (both individual and collective), evolution, overflowing the physico-chemical organisation of bodies, turns back upon itself and thereby reinforces itself (see note following) with a new organising power vastly concentric to the first—the cognitive organisation of the universe. To think the world (as physics is beginning to realise) is not merely to register it but to confer upon it a form of unity it would otherwise (i.e. without being thought) be without.”

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, The Phenomenon of Man

That’s all very well and good – but how do we relate Christ consciousness to our daily lives in the here and now?

The Kabbalah may help.

The 6th sephirah, known as Tiphareth and associated with the ‘Christ’, lies at the exact centre of the Kabbalistic Tree.  Because the Kabbalah is a system based on balance and symmetry, it’s not hard to understand why this sephirah is also known as Beauty.

At the point of balance, Tiphareth is where the archetypal brilliance of the higher sephirot are grounded in the rich, dark nutrients of the bottom sephirot.   According to the great occultist, Dion Fortune, Tiphareth is a link where ideals are brought to focus and transmuted into ideas.  As such it that it is a Place of Incarnation; it is also called the Child.

In Tiphareth, soul and body, self and ego, higher consciousness and personality come together.   It is associated astrologically with the Sun and heart-chakra; Tiphareth is the place of our humanity.

It also referred to as the place of the sacrificed god, thus its association with Christ Consciousness.   As Christians know, it wasn’t enough for Jesus to feel sorry for the lot of mankind; Jesus, or Christ, had to be born into the world and sacrifice himself in order to save it.

Thus Tiphareth is the place of the wounded healer, a concept on which all twelve-step programs of rehabilitation are based.  It’s the place where one, through the loving heart, brings his own human experience to the help of others – personal Ego is sacrificed for something more.

In this context, at the time of the Winter Solstice, when the life-giving Sun is farthest away from the Earth, Christmas – or the celebration of Christ Consciousness – offers spiritual symbolism far surpassing that of the birth of a lowly babe.

At Christmas, we’re privileged to glimpse the possibilities of a whole new world – a world in which in relationship with himself man stands truly at the centre of his universe.