Saturday, 8 October 2011

"My Wing's of Desire" Reading

The Alchemy Stones: Use the Wisdom of the Ancient Alchemists to Transform Your LifeI was lucky enough to win the September giveaway offered by Helen over at My Wing's of Desire!  Some of you may be amazed to hear that I managed to pass up on a deck (though I don't have either of those she was offering).  Instead, I asked for a reading on my studies in psychotherapy.  Given that Helen had drawn runes to choose a winner, I thought she might do me a rune reading.  I was fascinated with the idea, as I've never quite managed to click with runes, despite having created my own set and studied them a bit.  However, based on my question, she decided to use her Alchemy Stones instead.

I'd never heard of these at all, though of course the concept of alchemy is familiar to me from Jung's writings, and the Thoth Tarot in particular.  Helen used a seven stone reading from the companion book, based on the alchemical process.  Altogether, it was a novel and interesting reading.  One thing in particular struck me, though, because it's something I've been thinking about quite a lot recently. 

For the Outcome position Helen drew the Philosophic Mercury stone.  She said: "Philosophic Mercury represents the soft and subtle feminine principle associated with beauty, grace, gentleness, creativity, receptivity, nurturing, reflection, the subconscious mind and intuition."  Getting past the fact that this sounds like the High Priestess though I normally associate Mercury with rather more dynamic, communicative characteristics, it highlights an issue I've been having.  

Working as a counsellor, I don't feel particularly creative.  I enjoy the work, but it doesn't fulfil that side of me in the way that, for example, designing a tarot spread for a client does.  I acknowledge that this may in part be because I don't yet have enough skills and practice to bring creativity into it.  However, I also worry that it may be the nature of the beast - counselling has quite a passive element to it as it is much more about listening than about saying or doing.

For the moment I have this blog, among other things, to satisfy my desire to create.  And I can imagine in the future finding fulfillment in teaching.  What Helen's reading pointed to, though, is that I perhaps need to focus more on those qualities in my counselling work, if I want to do it well.  How can I be creative within a session, as well as receptive and nurturing and reflective?  Finding the answer to that may help me feel more joyful in this work.

I am grateful for the generosity of readings and insights shared.


  1. Something similar came up in another reading I did and the upshot was that motherhood is the ultimate creativity, although we often don't see it that way. Counselling is like mothering, and in the same way that mothers shape their children and help them to grow up and look after themselves, counsellors are helping to heal and shape people's lives. I am sure that storytelling, role-playing, and other creative therapies could also come into your sessions (not that I am an expert by any means :D ).

  2. Great post and comment.

    I've never heard of alchemy stones. I've also not worked with runes, yet. One of my many to-do items. LOL, see why I'm overburdened? I want to do so many things, but time won't allow it all.

  3. I am not trying to enable anyone, just letting you know that you can also find these under the name of The Philosopher's Stones. You can still get them from BD for about $10 including shipping which is where I got mine and I have no regrets.

  4. Hi Helen,

    Thanks again for your reading :)

    As for the analogy between mothering and counselling, I do take your point. However, this is something I feel with mothering as well. It's not like writing something or making a video. I have so much less control! I can say things, do things, make suggestions, but ultimately, whether it's a child or a client, they're going to do what they want. I can't create a better life for them, or shape what they do. I can just encourage, but ultimately they'll do what they want.

    When I write something, it stays written, and it says roughly what I meant it to say. So in terms of creativity, that feels very different to working with a client.

    Still, you make a good point, too, about creative aspects that can be brought into therapy: role-playing, artwork, storytelling. I guess that it's just that even with those, it's always that I can suggest them, but the client decides whether or not they want to give any of these suggestions a go.

    So, maybe it's more about control than purely about creativity... Hmm, more to think about!

    As for enabling, I'm being strong and resisiting ;D


  5. Hi Cher,

    Oh yes, so much to learn and do, so little time! Hope you had a restful weekend, and that your new schedule is working out.


  6. It was my pleasure Chloë. :)

    I am glad I caught this post, you pose a very interesting question that I can relate to as writing makes me happy and makes me feel alive. However, I don't feel that I have total control over it. I feel as if an energy moves through me and the words take on a life of their own. We also have little control over what happens to our words (and any creative work) once it is out there. The interpretation lies in the readers and we cannot fully anticipate or control how our words will affect their lives. It is the same with our children:

    "Your children are not your children.
    They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
    They come through you but not from you,
    And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
    You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
    For they have their own thoughts.
    You may house their bodies but not their souls,
    For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
    You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
    For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
    You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth."
    The Prophet, Kahlil Gibran

  7. Hi Helen,

    Thanks for the beautiful, and relevant, poem! As for writing, I agree that words take on a life of their own, and that we can never anticipate how others will interpret them. Still, to me creating them feels satisfying, what happens later is beyond my control and I can let that go :)

    Wishing you a beautiful Sunday,