Initiation

Initiation is most often called THE TOWER in more traditional Tarot decks. When we think of initiations, we often think of having to walk through fire or some type of unpleasantness before we are presented with the reward. This card means just that. It indicates a sudden, unexpected and oftentimes, initially unwelcome event change or happening. But, it can also be a moment of sudden inspiration or enlightenment. An “ah-ha” moment where everything suddenly becomes clear after a time of confusion or searching.

This card indicates things that come or happen ‘out of the blue’. “Didn’t see that coming”. “you could have knocked me over with a feather!” Or, “Oh, now I get it!” Sometimes the things that come with this card can be the catalyst for change that you needed but weren’t willing to do on your own so the universe did it for you. This is some sudden major and unexpected change, event, ending or seeming accident. It rocks your world and puts an end to something that you should have put an end to yourself, but you just felt you couldn’t for one reason or another. Your partner of 5 years suddenly ends your relationship when they admit they have been seeing someone else for 4 of those five years, leaving you open to meet your soulmate who has lived just 5 blocks from your house. Your car that has become a money pit is stolen and found totaled, but your insurance more than covers the cost so you can pay off the old one with money left over to buy a more reliable model. You are suddenly and unexpectedly let go from the job you hated but felt you had to take due to low finances, but now you are free to accept that job you really wanted that has become available but wasn’t at the time you needed work.These initially seem like disasters. But in reality, these catastrophic sudden happenings are blessings in disguise. Why? Because they put an end to whatever isn’t serving you anymore and make an opening in your life for what IS best for you when you can’t do it for yourself. 

Now, on the more positive note of this card! Sometimes surprises are good! You have run out of money and relief is nowhere in sight, then ‘out of the blue’… Wa-La!!! A penny from heaven just falls into your hand. You find a crumpled up $50 in the pocket of the jeans you just washed or you get an inheritance from a long lost relative you’ve never even met. You’ve been searching for love and it walks right in your door when you weren’t expecting it and had given up. You were looking for answers and they fell right into your lap! This is also the energy of this card. So even when all seems bleak and like there aren’t any answers or way out of a bad situation and life is against you,… don’t despair. Every cloud has a silver lining and your path forward is about to or has just been revealed. Good things are coming your way after a period of darkness and running into dead ends. Everything has a reason… even if you can’t or couldn’t see it just yet!

Illustrations by Paul Mason, book on this deck written by Anna Franklin from the Sacred Circle tarot, c.1998. Published by Llewellyn Worldwide, St. Paul MN 55164-0283 USA.

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2 of Wands

Achievement of plans, goals, and in business in the past. Planning the next step in achieving goals. Decisions need to be made to implement new ideas. Waiting for signs of success from decisions and actions taken towards a goal or plan. Can mean boredom with success already achieved.  Uncertainty of next step to take after achieving initial success towards ones plans. Help arrives towards making your plans or goals a reality. Partnerships forming in matters concerning your career and/or goals.

 It may appear to others that ‘you have the whole world in your hands.’ That you have had many successes and accomplishments in life and that you couldn’t possibly ask for more. You know this should be true and you are grateful for all you have, but in reality, you are feeling a sense of lackluster and possibly even boredom as you wonder if that’s all there is left for you. There must be something else to look forward to. Something yet to create. Some other mountain to climb or goal to accomplish to keep your life interesting and fulfilling, no matter what stage of life you find yourself in. 

This card, this week, is a good omen that there indeed is something more ‘out there’ for you. The spark that ignited  in you as you suspended action and waited for inspiration last week has paid off. After last week, where you ‘hung around’ waiting for enlightenment.  You may have ‘seen the light’, come up with a plan, or ignited a spark in you that has brought you out of your state of voluntary suspension. You may have discovered a new idea, plan or goal that has given you renewed passion for life and a new soul purpose.

Now that you have an idea, a plan, a mission, a project and the passion to do something about it… the 2 of Wands is telling you it’s time to take that idea and get to work on making it a reality. Push on by making decisions and taking action. Even if you don’t know exactly how to go about it just yet, just do something. Take a step. Create some action! You may have to step outside your comfort zone. Out and beyond what you’re comfortable or familiar with in order to make things happen. But rest assured. There is no right or wrong choice here. Just the desire and the call for action and forward movement. Even if you are feeling uncertain what to do next, do something. Make a decision that will move you one step closer to your goal. Also, take comfort in the knowledge that this is a ‘2’ card… a card of help arriving along the way and of partnership. Even if it’s not your usual way to ask for or accept help, swallow your pride and just say “Yes.” It’s part of the bigger plan for you from the universe and will get you where you want to go that much faster. Make a decision. Take action. Move forward. Make it happen!!!

Illustration from the Connolly Tarot Deck by Peter Paul Connolly. Created by Eileen Connolly c.1990. Published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc., 179 Ludlow Street, Stamford, CT 06902 USA.

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The Hanged Man

This weeks Tarot Blog Post card is The Hanged Man. It looks rather dreary and depressing at first glance. But on closer inspection, you’ll notice that the dark clouds and stormy skies are in the background. That there is now light piercing the darkness as if it is dispersing those dark clouds and stormy conditions that have been dogging you in the past. The Hanged Man is literally hanging around, waiting for things to get better. He or she has chosen to suspend all activities and stop struggling against the darkness. To just hang out in a state of suspended motion and wait for the storms in their life to pass. The Hanged Man has chosen to stay put and wait for enlightenment, a fresh perspective, new idea or state of being to shed some light on the problems and concerns they have been going through. Struggling against the darkness or storms surrounding them hasn’t helped, so now it’s time to take another approach. To just wait it out or await further instructions from the universe or source. It may seem like nothing is happening during this time of suspended motion and waiting, but on closer inspection, you will see that life, change and new growth is happening all around them even though they can’t see it. There is fresh green growth occurring all over the very post they are hanging on. Notice too that their leggings are Red, the color of Passion and their shirt is blue… the color of the intellect but also of spirit. They are waiting until their passion for life, and their intellect and spirit can merge into one creative life force. Also notice that the rope on their ankle is so loosely holding them that they can climb down whenever they feel ready. Also take notice of the halo of light encircling their head. This signifies that enlightenment has occurred and it is now safe to come back down to earth and get back to living life again. This card is telling you, if things have seemed dark, obscured and cloudy lately and struggling to break free has amounted to nothing; it may be time to take a break, surrender, suspend movement and struggling until you can ‘see the light’. Although it may appear nothing is happening and the conditions you find yourself in may be uncomfortable, they are clearing the way for the future growth you have hoped and prayed for. Everything in it’s proper season and time. All good things come to those who wait. So hang in there. Have faith that in time, when the stage of your life is properly set; the clouds will part… light will replace the darkness, a safe path will cleared and lit for you, and you will be shown The Way.

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Illustration from the Tarot Illuminati deck by Erik C. Dunne c. 2013 Copyright  Lo Scarabeo Publishers. Lo Scarabeo Via Cigna 110 – 10155 Torino, Italy  

Ready, Set, Go!

“Now is the perfect moment to dive in and embrace your heart’s desire”                             

Even though you might not feel entirely ready, this card says that there’s no better time than the present to dive into your future. You’re advised to take both big and small steps to move in the direction of your dreams.                         

Push aside everything unrelated to your life’s mission. Adjust your schedule so that the bulk of your time relates to your priorities and goals. Delegate tasks to other people, or hire someone to assist you. Your responsibilities will still be met, you’ll be happier, you’ll enjoy greater self-esteem, and you’ll attract more abundance in the long run – if you jump in and follow your heart.                        

Illustration by Mishell Swartwout from the Magical Mermaids and Dolphins Oracle Deck by Doreen Virtue c. 2003. Published & distributed in the United States by Hay House, Inc.

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KALI

Meanings of this card are: Your current changes are for the best ~ Keep your thoughts positive, as they’re very powerful ~ What appears to be a loss is really the beginnings of a happy new phase ~ Let the past go ~ It’s time to move  on.                                                                                                                                                                                                     

“Do not fear what appears to be a change or a loss. It’s only the transitioning orbit of energy interplaying with you and your loved ones. Embrace it as evidence that you’re alive! Embrace your deepest emotions as a signal of your true human essence!”                                                                                                                                                                                                    

About Kali: (pronounced KAL~ee): This ultra-powerful Hindu goddess is feared by those who don’t understand the natural cycles of birth, death, and rebirth. Kali is the embodiment of Mother Nature, who cleanses away the old with natural storms and fires to make the ground fertile for new crops and life. Kali is the ultimate get-things-done goddess, and she’s a powerful ally to those who call upon her. Like a wise stage mother, she’ll push you beyond your comfort zone to reach the heights of your potential.

Illustration by Lisa Iris from the Goddess Guidance Oracle Deck by Doreen Virtue c. 2004. Published & distributed in the United States by Hay House, Inc.

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Pick one of the Cards in the picture below for your Oracle Reading of the week.

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or scrolling ahead until you pick your Card. Use your intuition. Which Card is calling to you? Then choose Card 1, 2, or 3. After you have chosen your Card… scroll down and read the message it holds for you for the week ahead.

gold with quartz ~Physically grounding             ~Abstract ideas and inspirations 

Several wonderful ideas and inspirations are filtering through into your physical reality. These ideas and inspirations, which stem from your soul, will help you manifest many of the things your heart has, for so long, desired.
Over the coming days your intuition will be strong and you will have a greater sense of the universal spirit that flows through all things. Through this, a newfound sense of joy and wonder emerges – one which transforms your life. Give thanks for this blessing and allow it to inspire and illuminate your heart and mind. Your ideas and inspirations are divinely guided, so trust them!

crocoite                 ~Change               ~Creativity           ~Sexuality                                        A new phase in your life is just around the corner. Creative possibilities surface from a chance encounter with someone new. This encounter stimulates inspiration, passion and a greater optimism for life. Your sexual energy is also on the rise and this draws new people and circumstances into your life that you will find exciting and stimulating. Wonderful changes are in store for you, yet you are also being warned to be cautious. Appearances can often be deceiving, so look for inner beauty and truth before you allow yourself to be swept off your feet.  

smokey quartz

~Emotional blockage ~ Negative thoughts ~ Release                         ~Grounding                   ~Protection

This beautiful Smoky Quartz crystal has appeared in your reading today to help you to release and express the many emotions that you have kept suppressed for quite some time. There is an emotional cause to all the physical symptoms, so know that by acknowledging and expressing how you feel, you allow healing to occur. Do not be afraid to cry, for your tears will wash away your sadness and restore your emotional, mental and physical well-being. There is a jewel to be found in every teardrop! Trust! This card signifies that healing is occurring right now!

Crystal Oracle by Toni Carmine Salerno, c.2004. Published by Blue Angel Publishing. Victoria, Australia 3150

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FAITH IN THE PROCESS

Faith in the process:
No matter how powerful we are, how much courage and strength we have, there are times when we can’t quite move ourselves along to the next phase of life or creative exploration. At such times we need some divine intervention-a little help in pulling our trolley along, so to speak. When we are at the edge of our own limits and have no more personal resources, we might be left with only one spiritual power, that of faith. Fortunately that is enough.

As unlikely as it may seem, the invisible help from the universe is often more powerful than the physical efforts of a thousand men. That is because the invisible help is not limited by physical laws. It can shift, bend and move in ways that the defy limitation. It can effect, evoke and influence situations through invisible, but undeniably persuasive means.

You’re in a situation where you cannot ‘set right’ the course of events all by yourself. This is not an indication that you have done something wrong, nor does this suggest that you are not strong enough. It is a sign that there is something bigger unfolding in your life and your willpower will be supplemented by the power of life itself. Sometimes a bigger plan needs to manifest for the benefit of humanity and the earth. You need to shift your perspective to realize that you are part of the greater unfoldment of life, that your individual life serves the greater plan and that you were not separate from its genius. This is what is happening now. You happen to be instrumental to the greater plan and as such, you need to accept your position and be moved, while also being empowered and protected as you make personal progress through your role in that grander scheme.

This is a time for humility and trust. You need complete faith in the processes and events that are happening. There is nothing to worry about, you will be moved most fully and easily, and with the most grace and assistance, through your faithful surrender. Ironically , It is through complete surrender, and total faith, that we become the most empowered. When we no longer are trying to impede the perfection of the greater plan, we can be aligned with and moved by the process. Having faith in the benevolence of life- rather than harboring the suspicion that life is seeking to catch us out. Have a joke at our expense or carelessly toss us about as though we mean nothing- then we can relax a little. Having faith in the process gives you space to be curious about what is taking place and to relax enough to be open to what we are most in need of, even if we aren’t exactly sure what that is or how it can happen. The guidance from this Oracle comes direct from the greater source of life itself. There is now an opportunity for you to be moved from the situation you are currently in, to the next chapter in your life story. You can’t do it on your own. It is too big of a shift. It needs the grace of life to intervene on your behalf.

You will need faith though. You may feel as though the wheels of your trolley are coming off or that they are a bit rickety, but you must also understand that the voice of life is now coming straight to your heart with this message:

“I have resources you know not of. It is safe to trust in my ways and in my wisdom, for I love you and I am guiding you into all that is rightfully yours. Know that what is rightfully yours is what your heart truly desires and you need not fear loss. Nothing that is meant to come to you will be denied and it is safe for you to let go and allow me to move you.”

Through Faith, peace is restored and you are able to know this, and perhaps have some fun in the process.

The Healing Process

Say aloud: “I now ask that all disappointing experiences of the past that have led me to believe that life is not trustworthy or that faith is a silly or immature way to deal with life, be released from my mind, body and heart . I ask for help to accept that I can and will attract all that is needed into my life, at the perfect time and in the perfect way. I asked to be empowered to absolutely receive all that can assist me with gratitude and without shame or guilt. In doing so, I dedicate myself to be a clear, loving, open channel for the flow of life. I know the benefit in doing so is not limited to me, but will flow so that life can benefit others through me. I trust in this now, through unconditional love, so be it.”

You have completed your healing process. If needed, repeat the above prayer each day to help you boost your confidence that everything can and will sort itself out, whether you feel in control or not. In fact, it can do so more easily when you don’t feel in control.

Illustrations by Autumn Skye Morrison for the Sacred Rebels Oracle Deck by Alana Fairchild c. 2014. Published by Blue Angel Publishing, 80 Glen Tower Drive, Glen Waverley, Victoria, Australia 3150.

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  • Psychic awakening
  • Dreams & things that happen in the shadows, at night or in the dark
  • Intuition & the Imagination
  • Deep revelation of feminine mysteries
  • Withdrawal,
  • Facing fears
  • Serenity & Tranquility

THE MOON is the card of the Psychic, the Gypsy, the Fortune-teller. It is the card of the mysterious Goddess of the night. The animus and primal in us, the beast or baser instincts within us all. It is also the card of the powerful feminine energy. The cycles in us and the Earth. Mother Nature’s cycles, menstrual cycles, gestational cycles, seasonal cycles, the cycles of the MOON herself, the tide cycles, as well as rites of passage cycles such as aging… the Maiden, the Mother and the Crone.  THE MOON is the sacred feminine. THE MOON is the mysterious female. THE MOON is woman.  On the next full Moon, look at her with your eyes and heart wide open. See her. Really see HER in all her beauty! Her face is full, her lips lush and sensual, her cheeks high and proud and strong. When you aren’t afraid to truly look at her, you can see THE MOON is NOT ‘The Man in the Moon’ at all; but your sacred feminine whom illuminates what lies in the darkest corners of our souls, asking us to see it, recognize it and accept it, and not be afraid!!! She is soft, she is nurturing, she is tranquil, serene and as soothing as a lullaby.

THE MOON is all about delving into the unconscious. Digging into our shadow sides and our issues that we have buried deep from the light of our consciousness. This card deals with things that happen at night, in the shadows or in the dark. It shows our loco, primal or crazy side. With THE MOON, we are faced with the scary things we only bring into conscious awareness when the lights are out. Our fears, our demons, our monsters under the bed.  These things crawl out of the abyss of our subconscious and into our awareness as a feeling in the pit of our stomach and won’t let us sleep. If sleep does come, our dreams pick up where our consciousness left off and this is where nightmares are made. But it also has that soulful side of our shadow that I mentioned before. Where we can bring out the ‘real us’ that we don’t let others see for fear they would think us odd, uncivilized or plain loco. It is the side of us that some might consider illogical, irrational, spooky or even downright evil. Not because it is truly evil, but because it isn’t readily acceptable in the light of day or in Western culture. It is our intuition, our gut feelings, our dreams and how we ‘just know’ things without knowing why. These abilities are mysterious to most and often times feared. At times, they even scare ourselves because we feel they come from some other worldly source that we shouldn’t be communicating with. A source unseen that causes fear and a sense of uneasiness in the majority of us. But she is also responsible for our soft, nurturing even, ‘Motherly’ side. Think of an image of a sleeping baby with it’s Mother gazing lovingly down on her sweet babe. The babe knows it is safe and protected with it’s Mother close by. This is also the nature of The Moon. She is both Light and Dark. She can light our way on the darkest of nights and give us safe passage over rough terrain. She is strong and ferocious, yet she is soft and kind. She is the feminine, she is woman in all her phases and wearing all her faces.

    Illustrationss for The Good Tarot by Jena DellaGrottaglia. Authored by Colette Barron-Reid c.2017. Published by Hay House, Inc.

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The Last JUDGEMENT

  • A “WAKE UP!” call from the  Universe
  • Finding one’s Soul Purpose
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Using Good Judgement

This week’s Tarot Blog Post Card JUDGEMENT is like a big Universal Alarm clock. You may have been just going through the motions, barely awake and barely getting by. Get up, go to work, go to bed… shampoo, rinse, repeat. Same old, same old. This card is telling you there is more to life. Stop staggering through life on auto-pilot, half asleep. JUDGEMENT is the sign that the Universe (symbolized by the  cross and angel  on the card, and if you look close,there is a bugle or blow horn the angel is blowing so you WILL hear it’s message loud and clear) is sending  you a message. A wake up call. “WAKE UP!!!” This is your notification that it’s time to wake up and answer Spirit’s call. It is also a reminder to take personal responsibility. Not only for yourself and your family, but for the betterment of your fellow man/woman/child and the World as a whole. You are being asked to do the right thing, even when it’s hard or not the popular choice. Have the courage to do what’s right. When making decisions, use good judgement and common sense. Don’t do something just because everyone else is doing it or because it’s expected of you.  Do it because it’s the right thing to do. Do it for the greater good. Act smart, don’t just re-act. Teach that to your kids and Grand kids too.  But mainly, you are being asked to awaken to your Souls True Purpose (yep, all in caps because it’s that important). To step up and claim your duty to yourself and the World and fulfill your mission here on Earth. It is telling you, rather than just going through the motions in your life, it is now time to take it upon yourself to do what you were put on this earth to do. To answer your Souls cry for meaning and purpose. Have you always felt a nagging deep in your heart that there is something you were just meant to do or be doing? But maybe you felt it wasn’t practical or you felt silly even thinking about it let alone actually doing it? Do you have a gift that you haven’t been using in the real World or have been doing ‘just for fun’? Maybe you sing… in the shower, but you do it really well? Perhaps you paint beautifully but don’t think your work is good enough to sell. Do you aspire to be a Writer but you only write in your journal or leave the stories in your head? Do you have a vast knowledge of herbs or healing but don’t do anything with that knowledge? Do you wake up in the middle of the night at the same time every night and look at the clock and it reads 1:11, 2:22, 3:33, 4:44… that’s Spirit sending you a message that it’s time to wake up and answer your Souls calling. Spirit has been at it for a very long time. When you were a kid, what did you play? House? Doctor? Fireman? Police person? Nurse? Food Prep? Etc… Chances are, that is your Soul’s purpose for this life time. It may not be calling you to a career change necessarily, but perhaps a change into your True character. Whichever, Spirit is telling you it is time for a rebirth. For you to become the person you were truly intended to be. To become the authentic you, not the identity of the mask that you are expected to wear for others sake or expectations, but the REAL YOU. Time to drop the mask and show the World who you really are. Step into your true identity and dare to be you! It’s time for a change in YOU!!!

Illustration from The New Palladini Tarot by David Palladini c.1996. Published & distributed by U.S. Games Systems, Inc.. 179 Ludlow Street Stamford, CT 06902 USA                    

 

 

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Knight of Wands

  • Speedy movement, momentum, energy, Travel (especially by land or inland, a change of residence, loves to go FAST, Herald of change for the better coming soon, Things that happen quickly
  • “Let’s GO!!!”, I Can do ANYTHING attitude, “Just DO IT!”
  • Impatient, Risk taker, Hasty, Restless, Quick Tempered
  • Charming, Handsome, Passionate, Adventurous, Lover of change, Young man (woman or someone whom embodies this energetic energy) 25-35 years old, Zodiac Fire signs of Aries, Leo or Sagittarius.

This week’s Tarot Blog Post is all about the Knight of Wands is usually a really good card to see in a Tarot Reading. He can herald good changes in events comings soon. He is full of excitement, optimism for the near future and can indicate a trip or travel, usually by land is in the offerings this week. Are you planning  an adventure or vacation this week or visiting somewhere hot or going to go see someone … like a ‘hottie’?!!! Regardless, this person is someone who loves an adventure and is filled with excitement at the thought of doing something they have never tried before, going somewhere they haven’t been before, or even moving into a new place. They just love a change of scenery, change of residence, change of people and places, change of pace… usually a fast pace at that. They just love change in general. They are charming, good looking, the life of the party, and they have so much enthusiasm towards life and everything they do that it is contagious to everyone they come in contact with. They just love a good cause and are good at recruiting others to come along for the ride. They are fun loving and passionate, so expect a good time whenever they are around. They love taking risks just for the fun of it, so you may see them at the racetrack, skydiving, dirt biking, climbing the tallest and most challenging mountain around or skinny dipping in broad daylight just to see if they can get away with it. They know no limits, so they believe they can accomplish ANYTHING, and they are usually right.  Everything they do is done with a flourish and fast pace and they love making grand gestures! This Knight is the one you will see on the big screen at the baseball game proposing to his girl in living color. Singing Karaoke at the Bar and actually nailing every note even better than the recording star does. They drive a fast car and have a glove box full of unpaid speeding tickets because they don’t think rules and regulations apply to them and really, with a wink and a smile, they get away with A LOT!!! They have a devil-may-care attitude and an impish grin that can melt the coldest of hearts. They will sweep you off your feet and make made passionate love to you and leave you breathless. BUT… if you don’t play the game when they want or by their rules or you try to make them play by yours,  you’ll see all that hot passionate energy directed right back at you! They are quick to anger, and are probably the guy at the Bar who gets in a brawl because someone looked at his girlfriend for to long. They will become sulky and sullen if you turn them down for a date or need to work instead of going on one of their wild hair-brained adventures. But before you know it, with their charm and power of persuasion, they’ve talked you into changing the rules to THEIR rules, or they’ve talked you into ditching work, responsibilities or other prior plans to go play. And before you know it they’re all smiles again because life is great and it’s going just the way they planned it… THEIR WAY!!! You find yourself wondering, “How did they do that?!!!” as you’re going 90 miles an hour right past your place of work! Remember, the Knight of Wands is usually a young man, but can be anyone, including yourself. So, you may find that you are feeling invincible, a bit reckless, on top of the World, or like you have super powers and can achieve ANYTHING! You’ll have the power of persuasion, charm, the SUN itself on your side this week. Or you may find yourself on a sudden unplanned road trip or adventure or making love like you were 20 again in the backseat of your car! Whatever happens, it will be fast and exciting because this is the Prince of Fire after all, and he likes to burn hot and fast! So hang on to your hat and get ready for some excitement, because whenever you see this card in your Reading, expect change, movement, expect the unexpected, and expect it fast and furious!

Illustrations for The Robin Wood Tarot by Robin Wood c.2002. Llewellyn Publications, St. Paul, MN 55164-0383 USA

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