Daily Angel Oracle Card: The Master Maker, from The Faeries’ Oracle, By Brian Froud and Jessica MacBeth
The Master Maker: “Skill, Craftsmanship, Magician, Moral Strength, Invention”
“The Master Maker is the master of the forge, upon which we create our futures and forge our own souls. He sees the world beyond the otherworld, the world of first causes. Through his magic, he brings them into his world of Faery. From his world, these concepts trickle down into our own, through dreams and visions picked up by artists and craftsmen everywhere. But he makes the first, the original. He is the great inventor, and the sign above his door reads: Practical Problems Solved Here.
He sings as he worlds and, as in all Faery magic, his song does as much to shape objects as do the blows of his hammer. Healing cups, magic swords, Faery jewels, crowns of stars, and other bespelled works of the finest craftsmanship pass through is forge and beneath his hammer. The master of fire, air, earth and water, he adds the Faery element of moonlight to everything he creates. He would be the first to tell you that superb craftsmanship, however magical, is hard work – joyful and energizing hard work, but always challenging. As the Master Maker reminds us, “no job is too small to do beautifully.” His work is done as well as possible, even where it will never be seen by anyone else.
Bringing ideas into excellently crafted reality can only be done when we, like the Master Maker, ware willing to plan meticulously, begin carefully, and persevere through difficulties, learning still more of our craft as we work. Craftsmanship is also a labour of love. We must be willing to tackle difficult challenges and have a determination to surpass previous achievements. Patience is always required, as is the willingness to do a thing again and again until it is even better than the best one can do. The Master Maker has the moral strength to refuse the temptation to do anything less, and he is a protector and teacher of the traditional values of his craft. Yet, in balance to all of this, The Master reminds us that we also need to learn our own limits – not everyone can do everything superbly. When we discover our talents and choose our craft, then we gain great joy and fulfillment from developing that skill into an art.
We grow more like the Master Maker each time we do the best we can – and then stretch ourselves to do a little better than that.”
Starter Reading: “Do whatever you do as well as you can. And then make it even better. The Master Maker reminds us that our very best work is always desirable, and in the present situation, it is necessary for success. In fact, he asks that we surpass our previous best. Do not cut corners and do not take the easy way. Whether making a thing or fulfilling a concept, be sure the design is elegant, pure and functional, and then follow it, attending to every detail in its turn. He says, “Design beyond your skill, and then raise the level of your skill to fulfill it.”Give and accept only the best, and do it with love of your craft, whatever that craft may be.
This card speaks of long-lasting achievement, creative problem solving, and confident action. It may suggest cooperation with others, especially from a position of responsibility or of teaching one’s craft to others. Success comes from practical application of traditional principles, in life and in work.”
As Challenger: “When The Master Maker’s wisdom and skill are blocked, shoddy craftsmanship is a problem. It doesn’t matter what the art or skill or craft is, it doesn’t matter whether it is physical or intellectual, this situation is likely to deteriorate badly if people do not give their best – and then do even better than that. This card reversed may represent haphazard work, mediocrity, lack of skill, or unrealized potential. While traditional values of quality and integrity of workmanship are important, being dogmatic or stuck in outworn ways just for the sake of tradition is another block to the art of the craftsman.
Twisted, the wisdom of this card becomes indicative of the misuse of craftsmanship. For example, we might use our skills in finishing to hide flaws in a structure of either a physical object or a concept or organization.
The destructive mode here is to use our skills and craftsmanship, in any field, to create the means of destruction, whether of lives or the environment or hopes and dreams.”*
~ By Brian Froud and Jessica MacBeth
If you are going to do something, do it right or don’t do it at all. This is not about perfectionism, it is about putting your heart and Soul into something that represents you. It is about using your energy to change your environment; quite literally putting your mark on the world.
This is something that you just can’t do half way, you have to throw yourself into it. And how do you do that? Be absolutely present while creating. Don’t let yourself get distracted by the past or the future. Focus all of your energy on the Now, the right here, doing this. Pull your distracted mind into the moment and hold it fast, do not let it get away from you. This is so powerful.
We are absolutely inundated with distractions; from the media and social media to texting and phoning and checking this and that. We may not realize that we aren’t putting all of our energy where is desperately needs to go. We are so scattered, having to answer various messaged, read up on the latest headlines, get to the next level on a video game, order whatever online, check up on our status or online dating… the list is quite literally endless. So what’s left over when we go into creation and manifestation mode? Where does the monkey mind lead us? Or is it a circus of monkeys up there?
This is where meditation, yoga, and getting our in nature really come in really handy… learning to bring our focus back to our breath, emptying the mind, becoming the observer rather than the reactor.
We must put all of our energy into the task at hand. We must create with Love, with intention, with consideration. We must harness the power of all of our magic and funnel it into our manifestation. Pure and simple.
That is how you recreate your world.