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CH∆PTER XII: The enchanted map reveals the way

The morning sun shined bright upon the magnificent golden gates of Neoens temple. Dew drops kissed the foliage like little sequins shining in the morning light. Our crew was just stirring from their slumber. Jaypar was awake before everyone else and he sought Neoens council.

“I sense you have an ancient Alkayan artifact with you Jaypar. Would you care to share it with me?”

“Yes Grand wizard the pirate princess captain gave me an enchanted map she said my father had left for me.” He reached into his side satchel and brought forth a folded up piece of canvas. He unrolled it on a nearby table and felt a surge of energy as he did so.

“I see you sense its true power young master Prakkari. Do you have any idea the power this enchanted map holds?”

“No I do not... I don’t even know how to read it. If my memory serves me correct it seems to be a form of the merkabah or metatrons cube and i can see the alchemical symbols for the elements.”

“Yes that is all correct. These seven spheres are also separated into the different zodiacs and chakras. Awaken and summon the others they need to hear this as well.” Jaypar woke the rest of the crew and brought them over to the table.

“You all need to understand the significance of this map. It corresponds to your compass Sabria. I thought we lost this artifact years ago to the repticons. Your father must have retrieved it. You can use this to locate the empyros and find missing artifacts.”

Neoen placed the map correctly so it faced the four cardinal directions north, east, south, west. “You see the illustrations around the outside edge as well? These are the bosses to each of the elemental temples. Your crew has already successfully completed the earth temple and the water temple. That’s why they’re activated and glowing currently. Your next mission is to the fire temple located in Mt. Hood Oregon. There are ice caverns thousands of miles deep you must enter to slay the shadow hydra. First you must find the phoenix tear. It is attached to a ring and will shoot a powerful laser beam of fire to cut the ice blocks and then with the power of the hydro empyro Ferrick will be able to move the ice bocks out of the way.”

“You mean i can control ice as well?” Ferrick asked.
“Yes you will be able to move water in its solid state. Not until you

fuse with the fire empyro will you be able to control the temperature of the water itself. Kolobar it is imperative you find the phoenix tear it will help you open the gates to the fire temple. Only after you remove the ice blocks before your path and use the power of the earth empyro to lift the stone gates as well.”

“What does the phoenix tear look like?” Kolobar asked curiously. Just as he uttered the sentence a holograph of the phoenix tear emerged from the eastern fire node of the enchanted map. It showed him a glowing golden ring with a red gem at its center. “I’ve seen this ring before. The chief of my tribe wears it on his ring finger.”

“That makes sense because it grants the wearer enhanced pyrokinetic abilities.” Neoen said.

“And here all this time i thought he was just a powerful pyro shaman. I had no clue he derived the power from this phoenix tear ring. It almost seems like cheating.”

“Kolobar do you have a deck of tarot cards with you?” Neoen asked “Yes i always carry my Thoth deck with me.”

“Pull them out and each one of you will draw a card. I will show you the sequence to place them in for your group reading.”

Kolobar withdrew his tarot cards from a small silk pouch in his side satchel. He shuffled them up then spread them out across the southern edge of the map.

“Now bantam you draw first for the earth/heart chakra node. Next Ferrick you draw for the water/throat chakra node. Then Kolobar you draw for the fire/sacral chakra node. After that Jaypar you must draw

for the air node/third eye node. Then Sabria you will draw for the light/solar plexus node. Then Jelena you must draw for the shadow/ root chakra node. Lastly I will draw for the center spirit/crown chakra node. And use your left hand to pull the card because it is connected to your ring finger and directly to your heart.”

Each of them drew a card and with their left hand and placed it in the corresponding sphere in the correct sequence earth, water, fire, air, light, shadow and spirit. “Now bantam you flip your card over first.” Bantam nervously reached out his hand and flipped his card over.

“I got the ace of disks. What does this mean?”

“This is the beginning of creation here in the physical realm. It represents planting a seed that will sprout into a tree. I also see this card as the ultimate lover and earth warden.” Kolobar said.

“I can dig that. We are creating a new world together ” Bantam said. “Flip your card over next Ferrick.” Neoen said.

Ferrick apprehensively reach out and flipped his card over. “I got the ace of cups.”

“This symbolizes the beginning of a friendship or passion. This shows the way deep into our soul and the desire for friendship or love. It is also the ultimate warrior card.”

“That makes sense, I can see that.”

“Now its my turn.” Kolobar flipped over his card and gasped. “Another ace of wands. I’m beginning to sense a pattern here. This is the spark of creation or the wish to create. This is the essence of fire

just as the other aces are the essence of water and earth. The ace of wands also represents sudden illumination, enthusiasm, inspiration, creativity, spiritual hunger, vigor, and energy. This seems appropriate. If all goes according to plan you will draw the ace of swords Jaypar.”

“Well that kind of sucks the fun out of it knowing whats going to happen.” Jaypar said cheekily. He flipped his card over and they all gasped. “Told you life is no fun when its predictable. I drew the ace of swords. I’d like to believe i’m the ultimate swordsman.”

“The ace of swords is the seed of intellectual power. It is the origin of air which implies thinking, analyzing, realizing through logic and mind. Like every Ace, it represents the unstructured primary matter of its suit, the undifferentiated unity, therefore the Ace of Swords is the beginning of thinking, a first idea, a first thought or impulse from the mind and the essence of the element of Air.”

“Wow so we are the four aces of the tarot. The four cardinal directions and the four essential elements.” Jaypar said.

“Now you’re understanding. Next is you Sabria.”

Sabria flipped her card over and said. “Justice, what does this symbolize?”

“The high priestess and the magician combined. Both are connected - true, conscious action results from realization, wisdom is based on action. The principle of activity completes itself with the passivity of inner reflection, the adjustment being the balance in between.”

“That makes sense me being born under a libra sun. I feel like the balance between the forces and the darkness and light.”

“Now its your turn Jelena.”

Jelena flipped her card over and shuddered in fear. “The devil in the shadow node. I think i have an idea what this means.”

“In the Tree of Life the Devil goes from consciousness and harmony to intellect and logic - against all dogma, never caring for rules, freely uncompromising and independent. There are no restrictions, no limitations, nothing is forbidden. The Devil is aware of the darkness, he knows all the shadows and will go on researching even at a high price.” Kolobar said.

“In a positive aspect, the Devil tells us to go ahead with whatever we want, even when the results won’t be comfortable.” Neoen said.

“I thought it meant something darker than that. I thought it symbolized my sister in the shadow of lucifer and that i needed to save her.” Jelena said solemnly.

“It could very well mean that. Its generally up to the person and their own intuitive interpretation.” Kolobar said.

“The devil’s best trick was to convince us he doesn’t exist. It could certainly be said that Lucifer has done a good job when we recognize that he isn’t real.”

“Last but not least the Grand Golden Wizard Neoen himself.” Kolobar said.

Neoen extended his long slender fingers and slowly turned over the center spirit card. “The universe.” He said triumphantly.

“The Universe as the end and completion of the Major Arcana is the

symbol for the zenith of development - the achieved goal. The work is done or will soon be and we have found our place in life or will soon do so. The phoenix will rise from the ashes. On a more practical level the Universe implies the good news that a goal has been achieved, or a success sure to come, and that a venture will flourish. ” Kolobar said.

“So the four aces have been summoned guided by the high priestess and the magician to bring the devil to justice to save the universe. The enchanted map has revealed the way to your next destination. Back to New Zealand for you to face your tribe Kolobar Avlossa. You must confront the very elder shaman that sent you into exile. It is up to you if you shall use reason or force to retrieve the ring. Then with its power you will reveal the gateway to the fire temple located at mt. hood. You must light the torches to open the doorway in the correct sequence. Let the spread we just did be your guide. Are you prepared for this task at hand?”

“Yes grand wizard I will not disappoint you. My mind is made of clay ready to mold at your command. I’m ready to face my destiny. It seems even the cards are in our favor.”

Will Kolobar succeed on his mission to find the phoenix tear and the soul fire empyro at mt. hood? These questions and more will be answered in the next installment ALKAYA: THE WYLDFYRE.

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