Drawing these three cards today, it felt as if we were being given a process instead of single card to pick from them. Perhaps you have been angry, depressed, or feeling lost – now is the time to step back, cleanse your space and yourself and to seek deeper answers from within and from the beloved dead. Rediscover your strength and purpose.

Bendithion Affalon!

SMUDGING CEREMONY

MEANING: Let go of the past. Purify. Detox. Release whatever doesn’t serve or support you in your life. Cleanse your body and environment by doing space clearing and clutter clearing. Let go of the old, discarded, and unused to make way for the new energy and new beginnings. Eat lightly, drink lots of fresh water, and consume food with strong life force.

NATIVE SPIRIT WISDOM: Smudging is a native tradition that involves using the smoke of burning herbs to symbolically “wash” a space in a ceremonial manner. Sometimes your energy field or the energy field of your environment becomes so cluttered and dingy that you can’t see the world clearly and you have trouble hearing the messages from your soul. When you take the time to purify yourself and your environment, not only do you feel lighter and brighter but also you’re a clearer channel for the light. The brilliance that pours through you can heal and help many people – but first the path has to be clear.

 

VISION QUEST

MEANING: Sacred seeker. Take time away from people and situation. Step back. Withdraw. Inner truth is emerging in stillness, but first you need to retreat. Know that you’re guided. Look for your answers in different ways. The answers are around you; watch for signs in the coming day. Trust that your life is being directed.

NATIVE SPIRIT WISDOM: In earth-based cultures, larger questions about life are often answered on vision quests or solo retreats in nature. Questions such as, “Who am I?” “What am I meant to do with my life?” and “What is my mission and my purpose in life?” were often answered on quests of various kinds. Even if you don’t have burning questions, when this card chooses you, it’s telling you to take time away from your ordinary life. Take time to explore the depths of your soul. Your soul knows the truth; take time in quietude to discover what it is. The answers to your questions are all around you, but you must be still to hear these messages.

 

Ancestors

Meaning: Wisdom is blossoming. Even if there are unsettling situation in your life, there’s a reason for it, and much good will occur as a result. Your ancestors are sending you incredible support to fulfill our dreams. Be aware of the coincidences, signs, and synchronicities around you; watch for messages from. your forbears. No matter what’s occurring on the surface of your life, your prayers are being answered in mysterious ways beyond your awareness.

Native Spirit Wisdom: There’s wisdom that dwells deep within your cells that’s a spiritual bequest from your ancestors. This wisdom has come not only from your forebears’ joyous, carefree times; it has also bloomed from their failures, deflated dreams, and seemingly wrong turns in life. Part of their message to you is to cherish every experience, for all of it will deepen your wisdom, compassion, and understanding, as it did theirs. Also, know that theres’ an innate wisdom within you. It’s simply a matter of turning within in order to access it. Native people always call on their ancestors for support – to ask for their help is to walk the native path. Sometimes you may be so focused on what’ outside you that you forget that wisdom is available to you from the spirit of your ancestors. Be willing to ask, for they want to support you.

Native Spirit Oracle by author Denise Linn and artist Charles McStravick

 

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This seems a good card for a Monday. Be bold. 🙂

Bendithion Affalon!

Badger Spirit – Be Fearless and Bold

Message: Badger Spirit rejoices at your persistence and commitment to what is true for you. Whatever you seek, your tenacity and faith in your partnership with Spirit is paying off, and the results will soon coalesce into form in your world. The gift of Badger is the surety that taking a risk now and being courageous, fearless, and bold will yield wondrous results. This is a time to harness your will and apply it consistently to the pursuit of your dreams. Know that no matter the temporary outer conditions, you will manifest your desires in diving timing and in the form that Spirit deems best for you.

Badger Spirits says you have what it takes to get what you want, so assert yourself. Be fearless and be bold, shining your light as your purpose calls you into the world. New relationships are also given a green light now. Don’t be afraid to make the first move. Badger Spirit loves your brave and mighty heart!

Protection Message: When Badger Spirit  comes to protect you, he reminds you that anger or aggression, argumentative behavior, and being pushy or manipulative will not result in a positive outcome. Perhaps someone close to you has excess Badger energy, or perhaps that energy is pent up in you. Either way, now is the time to calm down and allow the energy to pass through you. Go for a hike or brisk walk, shake it off, dance it out so you can return to the situation determined and committed, but no so intense that you overwhelm others and ourself.

The appearance of Badger Spirit also serves as a reminder if you have been relentless pursuing something that keeps eluding you. The message is that it’s time to current it up to  your Higher Power and focus on something else. Badger wants to protect you from self-will run rampant – from being obsessed with getting what you want in the form you prefer, in timing that fits perfectly with your notions of what has to be. Remember, the world doesn’t revolve around your wants. Better, more beautiful opportunities will be the result when you release some of that Badger Spirit intensity along with our need to have it your way one hundred percent.

Spirit Animal Oracle by author Colete Baron-Reid and artist Jenna DellaGrotaglia

 

Happy Friday, everyone! We enjoyed a drizzly and cool (for summertime, anyway) porch time with the pups, including sweet Maddie below.

After that, we took them for a short walk in the rain. It reminded me of the walks in the rain I took as a child. To quote my boyfriend, “It feels like a thousand little kisses.”

Now on to business. We haven’t seen this card in a couple years, but it’s an important thing to remember. Healthy relationships have mutual respect and care; they are not one-way streets.

Hope you all have a great weekend !

Respect Your Boundaries

Others will not respect the emotional boundaries that you set within your relationships if you do not respect them yourself. Know yourself. Love yourself. If you do not accord yourself with the same care that you desire from others, then you will not be shown care. If you do not honor your own truths and dreams then nobody else will. Honor yourself by treating yourself with the same care, and in the same manner, that you wish others to treat you.

Messenger Oracle by Ravynne Phelan

First of all, to those in the Northern Hemisphere with me, Blessed Lughnasadh! May your first harvest – whether physical or spiritual – be plentiful. If you’re unfamiliar with the festival, click here to check out an article from The Order of Bards, Ovates, & Druids.

We’ve had a pretty and crazy week in our house, but I was trying to think of a little way to bring a sense of the season into the day. When my boyfriend asked what was for breakfast, I pondered it and then told him Blueberry Corn Cakes for Sabbat! He looked like he didn’t know what they were, so I assured him he’d had them before.

“Do you put syrup on them,” he asked.

“Yup,” I replied.

“We’re good then!”

He’s my funny guy. They were yummy though.

Yesterday’s card that focused on building skills was actually perfect for this holiday named after the many-skilled Celtic god Lugh. But today’s draw of Juniper suggests cleaning and blessing things to make space for and to welcome something new, whether that be a new project to undertake or a new relationship.

Hope everyone has a great day!

JUNIPER – cleansing, pioneering, magic (and criticism, self-consciousness, longevity)

In the old days, juniper was used to cleanse houses, cattle, and people in preparation for the coming of summer. This card may mean there is something you need to complete or clear away before you begin a new project or phase. There is a saying: before you can welcome something new, you need to say goodbye to something that needs release. If you are having difficulty beginning a new endeavor or relationship, perhaps you must first attend to an old one – to tie up loose ends and complete the cycle.

This card may also suggest that it is time to pay attention to the significance of beginnings. How we start something determines in many ways the journey and the outcome that will follow. This is why intention, forethought, and planning are so important. The art of living well lives in maintaining a genuine sense of spontaneity, while still acting thoughtfully and purposefully.

Juniper is a powerful disinfectant. This card may also be a caution to avoid being overly critical. Although the spiritual path helps us to become more and more conscious, there’s often the danger that the very consciousness we seek will purge us of spontaneity and creativity. Too much thought or self-consciousness can spell the death of an idea or an impulse. Just as a human or animal birth can be aborted, so can a new relationship or project if too much analytical thinking is applied. It may take a lifetime to determine the balance needed between impulse and restraint, but if we develop our humanity and our hearts we will gradually come to an intuitive sense of when we should act before thinking, and when we should think before acting.

The juniper is also associated with longevity, and one of the keys to a long life is a learning to combine youthful spontaneity of childhood with the wisdom of age.

The Druid Plant Oracle by authors Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm and artist Will Worthington

Yesterday was a crazy day for me, but I’m glad to be back to pulling the card. Hope today’s helps you all a bit.

Do you need to develop a skill? Or are you letting a known skill languish or need to use it differently? It’s time to think of how you use your abilities.

Blessings!

EIGHT OF STONES – SKILL

MEANING: There is an ability to utilize skill for the completion of labors of practical necessity as well as love. Sometimes, intense concentration and dedication are required.

DESCRIPTION: A man clad in skins sits in a cave working at a stone carving. Around him on the walls and the ground are seven objects which he has created. To one side is an ancient hand print the signature of the maker. Three rush lamps paint the scene with light and shadow.

READING POINTS: Since human beings first walked the Earth, we have honed and practiced our skills in all manner of practical and esoteric arts. We have the awareness and self-discipline to develop new skills to meet new challenges and have overcome nature’s most adverse and deadly conditions. Whether it was the life-saving and practical skills required to track and bring down sometimes dangerous game for food, or the growing and managing of crops for the good of the tribe or village, human beings have continually striven to invent new social frameworks, scientific or philosophical concepts and practical tools and equipment. Such discoveries require us to master new skills for the betterment of the tribe or society. This unique human ability requires patience, perseverance, and – most of all – self-discipline. Acquiring a skill that involves imagination and artistic flair require time spent learning and defining the nature of self-expression. The mastery of any skill requires you to call on the divine to bless thee effort and energy expended in the process.

The Wildwood Tarot by authors Mark Ryan and John Matthews and artist Will Worthington

Still feeling the Halloween Oracle today, but we shall see what next week brings. This is a good one, regardless. Happy weekend, everyone!

SPIDER – Community and web weaving

She spins her silk alone
In the dark with hope of collection
Sticky with dreams,
Weaving the worlds
A wide web of connection

Masses of sticky spider webs make any Halloween decorations complete. The idea of a haunted house covered in the “artwork” of a big, hairy spider is classic horror. Even those of us who appreciate our eight-legged friends still hurriedly brush off those stealthy webs if we run into them in the dark!

Although most spiders are not venomous, humans have an innate fear of them. Perhaps it’s the fangs or the poison. Perhaps it’s all those legs and the way they move. Perhaps it’s where they live – often in dark, hidden places – or the way our Western, popular culture has demonized them by making the giant, fierce, and man-eating! Some cultures though revere the spider in very positive ways. In many Native American traditions, for example, the spider is the creature that gives birth to all other animals and sustains the web of life. The Goddess Spider Grandmother (and there is also a Spider Woman) is a key deity that brings wisdom, safety, and communication to all the tribes. She created and wove all the stars in the sky and makes soft webs for those that are troubled to rest upon and be supported by.

Spiders’ webs can be seen as a symbol of connection, not necessarily entrapment. There is a fine line sometimes between a family or community supporting us and controlling is. This card looks at this discernment. It also suggests you review the way you communicate with the wider community, at work, or generally with others and take steps to improve this or do it slightly differently. It also indicates that there needs to be a balance between what you do for yourself and what you do for others . . . if we give too much to the outside, our strength diminishes and we cannot weave the supporting web for ourselves.

The Halloween Oracle by author Stacey Demarco and artist Jimmy Manton

This a great card for a busy world. This is also a great card for a world where many give their energy freely to a digital world and neglect the physical one. Take care to focus on what – and who – is truly important in your life.

Bendithion Affalon!

VAMPIRE – Emotional Intelligence

The deepest, the coldest
The evening of the blood
The hole never filled
The longing like a flood
While there are almost uncountable examples of vampires in literature, movies, and games, somehow the archetype of the blood-hunting, night-stalking, and somewhat elegant creature keeps being reinvented to seduce yet another generation.

Although the beautiful and somewhat desirable vampire form doesn’t really begin to enter the public consciousness until the mid-1800s, the idea of a human feeding upon the very stuff of life is much older. The Egyptians, Sumerians, Indians and the Balkan people all have mythos containing vampire-like creatures.

The vampire is an interesting figure because it is both horrifying and desirable. Having someone want us so much that they desire to be that closely linked with us does feel good – until we realize there is nothing much left of us to give.

Most of us have heard of the concept of emotional vampirism – the idea that people feed off our energy and our goodwill and take advantage of us through manipulation and their incessant neediness.

Should the Vampire card appear in your reading, it may indicate that you are being drained in this way and the time has come for stronger boundaries. We need to be very aware of what gives us energy in our lives and what takes it away. We should be aware of needing people to need us and why we invite people like this into our homes, workplaces, and lives, if indeed we have them around us. Developing the emotional intelligence without ourselves helps us defend against this kind of emotional and psychic attack and enables us to foster healthy equal relationships of all kinds.

The Halloween Oracle by Stacey Demarco, art by Jimmy Manton

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