I would have preferred a card that suggested we hole up and rest, especially since we have some chilly weather here. However, it looks like some of us need to get on the ball (which is also true for me as well as the rest). For those of us in winter season, perhaps we need to get a task or two done so we can rest easily.

I think I need to let Tarot Kitty Cerridwen in on this because she was trying to slow up the card this morning!

Have a great Thursday.

Antelope Spirit – Life is Speeding Up!

Message: When Antelope Spirit rushes into your life, you’re being reminded of the quickening of your personal evolution as a powerful co-creator. You are being told unequivocally that it’s time to get moving; set your intentions and take action toward making your dreams real.

There is an intensity you can feel, and it is important to take advantage of this energy right now. If you have a plan for your career of financial abundance, now is the time to step it up. If you’re asking about a relationship, make that first move. Just know that the intentions you have set in motion are coming together now at warp speed; stay alert and keep up. Things are getting interesting when the Antelope calls you to move quickly!

Protection Message: Do you feel how fast the world is changing, like everything is moving at warp speed? It’s hard to control desired outcomes or set fixed goals because by the time you get “there,” you will actually have moved beyond it. Now is the time to let go and enjoy the exhilarating ride as intentions you have set in motion in the past are coming into form with lightning speed. Your job is to stay the course even if the pace feels dizzying. You may find you will change your mind a half dozen times or more as you improve your offerings – that is just fine. Make peace with the pace, for if you ride this quickening energy you will solve challenges quickly and effortlessly instead of being bogged down.

The best way to use this energy is to let go of worry and stay mindfully present as you continue to take action. Also, if something is not going to be in your best interests, no matter how badly you want it, Antelope will quickly remove it so you can move toward what is truly meant for you. If something is taken away, be grateful and keep moving!

This is not the time to sit still but to breath deeply as you move forward with velocity!

Spirit Animal Oracle by author Colette Baron-Reid and artist Jena DellaGrottaglia

 

There is much in disarray in the world right now – perhaps this card suggests those of us in secure positions need to do our part to help those who are not. This may not be just physical/monetary help – encouragement, energy, activism, and so forth. Or perhaps it is time for you to accept some help from others and take shelter from the storm.

Blessings!

Meaning: The newly risen sun brings hope and renewed vitality to the vulnerable. Shelter and protection for the weak or the spiritually wounded is the responsibility of us all.

Reading Points: Many trials and tribulations surface during our lifetime, and being able to endure such times is the sign of a strong heart and healthy spirit. Finding a personal place of emotional safety may require patience and a stoical dedication to the quest, but for those who have weathered adversity and known loss, the light of life and love will always burn brightly within them. By building on a foundation of ethical beliefs, boundaries and skills, we can be assured that when the test comes we are secure in our self-knowledge and confidence. The human ability to recognize and feel compassion for those who need help is just as important. However the storm may tear at our own inner place of protection, we must keep the faith that the sun will rise again for all those in peril and offer fresh opportunities and spiritual rewards. Such is the law of karma, that each act of selfless protection and mercy for those in need revitalized the spiritual warrior with a sense of peace and divinity rarely found in common practice.

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

In some folks’ interpretations, Nimue gets a bad rap. Don’t be fooled – this magical lady provides an example of strong womanhood and using ability for the good of others.

Have a great Tuesday!

High Priestess – Nimue

Meaning: A deep stirring within the self. A subtle but powerful connection with the collective unconscious or world soul. An inspired state of being. Surges of wisdom that benefit any creative endeavor, whether they be artistic, esoteric, or scientific.

Seeking guidance and knowledge. Seclusion and self-reliance. Good judgement and astute psychic ability. Feminine principles and grace. A need for solitude. Creating a receptive state of mind. Meditation brings new solutions to light.

This card could also mean: Dormant talents and wisdom. The waste or misuse of skills and knowledge. Lack of inspiration; hollow existence. A negative influence affecting emotional stability and imparting judgement. Being deceived by a superficial show of knowledge. Ignorance and an unwillingness to consider the advice of others.

Nimue: Nimue is one of several women to hold the title Chief Damsel of the Lake. This can lead to confusion, as the name Lady of the Lake may refer to, among others, Morgan or the water spirit who fosters Lancelot and rises from the waters to give and later receive Excaliber.

Nimue is most often remembered as Merlin’s undoing. The sage first happened upon her while she was dancing in the woods. As he watched her graceful movements, he felt his heart ties and recognized the dance, but was powerless to stop the emotion that came over him. From that day on, Merlin followed her everywhere. Nimue dared not rebuke the great Merlin for fear of his wrath and magical powers. The indignant court marveled at the sight of their wisest counselor acting the fool, and gossip began. Arthur was relieved when Merlin announced that they would be leaving the court to travel. Nimue had agreed to accompany Merlin on the condition that he promise not to use his powers to overcome her. Nimue, meanwhile, strove to learn all she could of Merlin’s magic so that one day she might be rid of him.

Merlin’s obsession deepened with time, and his advances took a sinister turn. Aided by an enchantment he taught her, Nimue trapped Merlin in a cave where he would remain for all eternity. Some say he languishes in a tower of air or under a great stone. Others believe he was not trapped at all, but merely chose to retire to the Isle of the Otherworld. In this interpretation, Nimue was a trusted escort and nurse, a companion to help him on his journey to the twilight realm.

Whatever the case may have been, Nimue’s action were considered justified and there were no serious repercussions. Indeed, she became an advisor and friend to the king, saving his life and guarding him against treachery.

Legend: The Arthurian Tarot by Anna-Marie Ferguson

Sorry to miss yesterday’s card, but I had my second chemo treatment and had to be there fairly early. The cell connection was poor at the cancer center, and I was having trouble posting anything, including a note that I would be missing yesterday.

So, on to today’s card! This is always a great card to consider, especially after being bombarded with the advertising and consumerism of the holidays. However, this card (like many in the Messenger Oracle) is loaded with symbolism. I recommend gazing at this image a while and finding a deeper need vs. necessity meaning for yourself.

Blessings!

Need and Necessity

Night and day exist within the very same moment. Creation and destruction wear the same face. You only see one or the other because you’re not seeing the whole. What you may see as harmful, another may believe to be good. All is based on perception. In nature, all occurs according to need and necessity not right or wrong. Ask yourself: is there a genuine need to act? Is change necessary for your continued well-being and happiness? If the answer is yes, then act. If the answer is no, then do not.
Messenger Oracle by Ravynne Phelan

This card speaks in many ways, but is again a little more quiet and serious like yesterday’s Druid Animal Oracle card the Seal. How does it speak to you?

Blessings!

KING OF VESSELS – HERON

MEANING: Greeting the dawn, often alone, the Heron is reputed to be gifted with psychic perception and reflection. The guardian of many esoteric secrets, it is said to stand at the gateway between life and death and to act as mediator on the soul’s journey to the Celtic otherworld and reincarnation.TRACKS & PATHWAYS: Artistic ability, honesty and integrity, purposeful equality, responsibility, consideration of others, affection, support and companionship.

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

It’s my beloved’s birthday, and this might seem a dreary card for his special day – but we shouldn’t ignore the rainbow in the background. We all go through loneliness and loss, but Seal will guide us through those emotions if we let it. Blessings!

Seal – Love, Longing, Dilemma

Meaning: This card calls to you from the seal-people of the sea. The Dan nan Ron– the song of the seals – upsets and frightens many who hear it. Its mournful and human sound stirs the heart of the listener to the core. It is a call from the seas, from the Unconscious, from the depths. It calls to us from the waters of our birth from our beginnings on earth, from our brothers and sisters in the animal realm who are closer to us than we dare imagine. We fear this call, because we feel we may be drowned, overwhelmed by our feelings. But do not let your intellect imprison your heart, as the human imprisons his selkie spouse – the magical seal. Opening yourself to the promptings of the Unconscious, of the Feminine, of your dreams and longings will bring transformation, healing, and love into your life.

On the flip side, this card suggests that you may have come to a time in your life when you are faced with a dilemma. Each way you turn could involve risk and potential loss, and yet you know you must make a choice. The seal speaks of the longing of the heart, of true love, of a sense of humanity and goodness. In the end, these should be the determining factors in your choice. Although the seal may represent loneliness and separation, as the selkie imprisoned on dry land, remember that the time will come when she will be released and will act as a guide and companion through the watery realm of the emotions and the Otherworld.

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

The last week has brought about the typical scene on social media with folks sharing their New Year resolutions. While I haven’t made a resolution in a few years, I usually like to encourage others. This year, all I could think of everytime a friend asked about resolutions was this: to live.

No, not to live as in living fully or intentionally – as in living in the physical sense. 

Some who follow the blog may have noticed I’ve been irregular with daily card posts, which is something I’m good at doing even if meatier posts might be less common. That’s because of a personal health issue that has rocked my family.

I have cancer, specifically Stage 4 ovarian cancer. 

When I first learned this news, I didn’t intend to share it here at all. But as the weeks went by and after the reality of my first chemo treatment hit, I realized that accepting, fearing, and fighting this is strongly linked to my spiritual life and beliefs. 

My local clinic gave me the news about the ovarian mass and that it was likely cancerous on Halloween. They quickly referred me to an oncologist at Kansas State University Medical Center. After getting such news on Samhain eve, one’s perspective of the ancestor altar and the holy day shifts a bit. Somehow, I felt closer to those whose photos and memorial cards graced our family altar – I felt their whispers in my ears more than normal. 

On the other hand, seeing the altar was also a motivator to do what was needed to be as healthy as possible going into treatments. I’m simply not ready to join these ancestors! So, chug a couple protein shakes a day (as my body is not processing regular protein correctly and I’ve lost 40 pounds) – check (though I have to admit it’s been difficult with our holiday schedule the last couple weeks)! Driving to and from Kansas City for consultations, a colonoscopy, and biopsy – check! (Though I didn’t have to do any of those alone – my boyfriend or my sister were with me.) Try to walk or do yoga as well as some arm weight exercises to rebuild muscle – check! 

Receiving my educational meeting about the chemotherapy was eye opening. Of course, there are many possible side effects and a 90% chance of losing my hair. As I’ve approached the two-week point after my first chemo treatment, when I was told to expect the hair loss, every time I run my hands through my hair or comb my hair, I’m thinking “will it start falling out now?” The hair loss actually started this weekend, and is a bit of a downer even though I was prepared for it. 

Aside from the typical identity issues women often have with their hair, my mind ran to the very witchy concern of my hair falling out in public places where people could easily get a piece of it (I dare say that’s not a typical cancer patient thought). Though I’ve cut my hair short to prepare for this change, it’s still in the back of my mind. I took to wearing a knit hat when going out this weekend. 

Another side effect is neuropathy, which has happened in my toes, bottom of the feet, and fingertips. Handling my cards for the first time after the neuropathy kicked in, I was stunned that I did not feel the energies of the cards as easily. I have no idea whether it’s the physical neuropathy or my mindset about my digits that is causing it, but it definitely sat me back in my seat a bit. 

On the bright side, my spiritual community (as well as family, friends, and coworkers) has been incredibly supportive and generous. I’ve received many care packages that spoke to my spirit as well as my physical needs, and I know there is a ton of healing energy coming my way. From “Suck It, Cancer” coloring book and healing stones to teas and warm socks and hats, my family and community is taking care of me in a way that is both humbling and encouraging. Trust me when I say there is a lot of love and kindness in this world – no matter how much you see in the news that suggests otherwise. 

Learn Symptoms to Catch it Early!

OK, I’m using the end of the post to share some of the symptoms of ovarian cancer because it can be really subtle and confused with other issues. If you have a few of these symptoms and they aren’t going away, please see your doctor or clinic! I thought I was experiencing serious digestive issues combined with premenopause; I had NO IDEA my health problem was so dangerous. Please don’t take your life for granted, ladies, and pay attention to these signs:

  • Unexplained fatigue
  • Unexplained weight loss or gain
  • Change in bowel habits
  • Increased size of abdomen or swelling 
  • Abdominal or pelvic pain
  • Feeling full after eating a small amount
  • Pain during sex
  • Urinary changes, such as frequency or urgency

Thank you for patience with my posting and hijacking the blog for the day. Blessings of Avalon to you all!

Thistle

 

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