With many of us practicing social distancing, it’s easy to fall into the trap of only being concerned with our own households. Today’s message says to be sure to look outside of your own home and see if there is someone you should help. With technology, we don’t necessarily need to endanger ourselves to do it.

Blessings and have a good week!

Show That You Care

Do not distance yourself from life and those around you. Reach out. Ask for help or support if you have need. Or, if someone within your circle is in need of care and support, then give it without hesitation or question. A trouble shared is a burden halved. Now is not the time to withdraw and be alone, nor is it time to leave another in need. Be aware. Be caring. Be compassionate. Reach out and be a friend and allow others to be a friend to you.

Messenger Oracle by Ravynne Phelan

This card is stunningly beautiful, but it’s also an interesting message at a time when many people are discussing freedom and what limits it. Truly, we are usually the ones responsible for much of our lack of freedom – we often give our power to others. And in other ways, we can stubbornly refuse to join with others in a way that might actually give you more freedom (I’m kind of guilty this one). Read the message from Horse Spirit. Relax. Think on it. How can you be truly free in your life? And what freedom do you  really want?

Blessings!

Horse Spirit  – Freedom is Yours

Message: When Horse Spirit appears, you are gifted with the spirit of movement and freedom. It is a time for travel and adventure, whether that means a trip somewhere or taking a different typeof journey, one of freedom of choice. Horse Spirit reminds you that no matter the circumstances, you have free will and choices that can take you far away to a better place, a better situation, a better state of being, for there is no one but you to rein in your will to make a different decision. You are capable of making powerful choices that will affect you for a long time to come.

Horses are social animals and known to be a friend to mankind, willing to carry us forward when we need it. Horse Spirit reminds you that help will be available to you whenever you need it and companions will be by your side where you choose to go, whatever direction you choose to travel. Life is an adventure, and Horse Spirit wants you to know that whatever choices you make, you have Great Spirit within, invisible yet holding you up and always walking by your side.

If your inquiries are about a relationship, you can set your heart free to experience love in all forms. Spirit whispers to you that the gift of freedom is yours if you allow yourself to break out of your perfectionism and stubbornness. Make a new move and enjoy the freedom of letting go of the need to control.

Protection Message: Are you feeling stuck? Has your spirit been broken by challenges you have faced? Your current choices may not seem the best, but you are not seeing the clearing ahead where you can break free and run. Whatever your choices right now, they can lead you to exhilarating freedom, so trust the guidance of Spirit. Horse Spirit is here to tell you that adventure calls, and you will soon realize your power is greater than you think.

Perhaps your frustration and feelings of being fenced in are the result of being too much on your high horse, unwilling to come down to earth and join the herd that wants to support you. Being in control and in charge can be overrated. It’s time to loosen up, drop the reins, let go, and prance with others just for the fun of it.

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

Good Monday! Here in U.S., a lot of states are “opening up” a bit – please take care of yourselves and be cognizant of the risks you are taking for yourself and loved ones. I want to keep seeing all of you here. 🙂

As for our card, it’s one I considered loaded with meaning and potential. It’s also a bit scary, as surrendering to something out of our control often is. Blessings.

The Mirror

Meaning: In many traditions, the initiator into hidden knowledge is a female figure that reveals insights and wisdom to those on the spiritual sojourn. In the ancient Arthurian cycles this is Morgan, who takes Arthur on his journey into limbo and healing on the isle of Avalon. The Lady of the Lake is another such primal figure who also acts as a holder and guardian of the sword Excalibur and as an arbiter of Arthur’s actions. Both these archetypes represent the unconscious journey of the soul into deeper awareness and wisdom. No action will can make the soul take this journey; it can only happen after much searching and questing. It is also a condition of this experience that some kind of wounding has taken place. It is through the pain and endurance of the wounding that wisdom comes, at which point the individual can cross the lake to the island of healing and protection. It is a natural state of surrender that allows the inner self to travel across the emotional sea to the Otherworld.

The mysterious figure holds the mirror that aids our inner reflections and the orbit of seeing that helps illuminate the shadows of our inner life. The heron stands both as a keeper of the mysteries and a guardian of the other world. In some legends, three cranes or herons were seen at the gate of this magical realm and croaked warnings to the unprepared or uninitiated visitor. The cauldron represents the vessel of his knowledge and inspiration. From it, the bright flame of insight and revelation illuminates the dark landscape, this is the card that in the traditional tarot is known as the Hanged Man. We have chosen to amalgamate aspects of this into the Blasted Oak, while the reflecting mirror offers the same dizzy change from one state of being to another. As the hanged man sees life from another angle, so those who look into the mirror see things reflected as they truly are.

Reading Points: Patience and prudence are the keywords here, although trust plays a large part in the process of crossing to the island where insights into our own unconscious workings may be revealed. This process differs from the journey of the Hooded Man who makes a conscious decision to withdraw and contemplate the universe. In the mirror, a surrender of oil is required. Insides may come from dreams and meditations, but now is not the time to force the pace or drive on with the plan or desire until you have heard what your soul has to say, and your bruised and wounded spirit has been healed. Be patient. Let the journey commence and awaken fresh and full of energy, ready to deal the world and the challenge it raises.

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

OK, so the three cards I pulled today all seemed to speak to being careful and doing what is necessary rather than what we want to do. I’m posting a pic of all three, but the card for the day is Seek the Lesson. What do you think of this spread?

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Seek the Lesson

Wisdom is born from seeking the lesson and all experiences, both the good and bad. It is born from the awareness that everything is connected, and that all happens for a reason – even when the reason remains a mystery. Embrace a new idea, new awareness, or the new knowledge that comes from listening to your internal voice and to the human and nonhuman teachers and messengers that will come in, and out, of your life. Let them inspire you to explore unknown pathways.

Messenger Oracle by Ravynne Phelan

Squirrel is here to reassure us that we have the ability to get through our troubles. The Protection Message might especially be fitting for many today. Blessings!

Squirrel Spirit: Believe in Yourself

Message: You have accumulated wisdom and experience and are surrounded by all you need. An abundance of resources is available to you through the generosity of Spirit and all your hard work. Squirrel Spirit shows up when you need reminding that the acorns you have gathered and stowed away have enormous potential to grow, so relax into knowing there is always enough and you have what it take to co-create the reality you want to experience. Through diligent preparation, you have gained wisdom and strength. How much potential you have! Believe in yourself, for Spirit believes in you and wants you to know you have enough and areenough. Doesn’t that truth make you feel safe and secure? It should, for you have everything you need right now.

Protection Message: The unpredictability of life can shake your confidence and your potential for handling the challenges that come your way. Does the thought of not having enough or being enough make you squirrely? Have you forgotten all your strengths, wisdom and resources? You have come so far on your wits and creativity, making use of all your potential and all that Spirit presents to help you through life’s trying times. It’s time to look back on your life and remember how your needs have always been met for the highest good, even in your most challenging times.

Life loves you, and so many treasures are hidden in plain sight, ready to be revealed when you most need them – so relax. Squirrel Spirit wants you to know you are poised and ready for whatever is coming next, so trust in yourself and trust that Spirit has your back!

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

Good morning! Today’s card certainly challenges us in regard to our respect for others and for the environment. Why don’t we consider his message?

NINE OF BOWS – RESPECT

MEANING: When nearing the heart of a sacred quest, motivation and integrity of human desires are challenged. Ancient wisdom demands the seeker be humble and forgiving. Respect for others and for the environment is required to proceed along the path to enlightenment. There is no completion without overcoming the challenge.

DESCRIPTION: The wild and fearsome Wodwose of the forest crosses your path, brandishing a rough-hewn bow. The Wodwose is linked to many ancient worldwide legends of large and hairy wild men of the forest. He challenges our dedication and courage to continue along a chosen path.

READING POINTS: To follow the path through the Wildwood is not without its challenges and demands. When entering any such environment, one must be prepared to face the dangers and natural perils that abide there. Having empathy for the environment and being ready to deal with it respectfully and in a practical manner is to learn another lesson and take away fresh insight. If we look deeper for meaning in the forces blocking our way, we often see how we have contributed to the problem and how we attracted these negative energies through lack of self-discipline, or mistakes made in the past. The sign of an evolved spirit is someone who can acknowledge past failures or defeats without bitterness and self-torment and move forward through life with a positive outlook and wisdom gathered through struggle. The Wodwose reminds us to treat the challenges of the Wildwood with patience and compassion, marking each scar or wound suffered during the struggle as a badge of honor, earned and overcome by inner courage, dedication, and faith in the lore of natural justice.

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

So often folks pay attention to the full moon, but don’t forget all the cycles affect us – and the dark moon can be a powerful time for spiritual work. Blessings!

FOLLOW THE MOON

Three quarters of Gaia’s surface is covered in water and the Moon’s pull can lift the Earth’s oceans at the Equator and carry them along in her wake. Two thirds of the human body is also water, therefore you also are subject to her power. As she waxes and wanes, so do you. Take note. Follow the moon cycles and take note of how you think and feel as her light increases and decreases. Take time to explore and understand her influence upon both your body and your emotions.

Messenger Oracle by Ravynne Phelan

 

It’s another spot-on card for many of us – our world has been blasted apart, but many of us are seeking more solid ground from which to rebuild. Don’t assume this is a “bad” card – give a read and think on it. Blessings!

The Blasted Oak

Reading Points: What appears to be a random dissolution or destruction of your beliefs and relationships is timely and natural. The sea swallows what was built on shifting sand and you were liberated from being a powerless victim. Now you have a base on which your inner strength can adapt and evolve. This may happen suddenly, with a shocking speed. The trauma may leave you stunned and confused, but the fiery blast that sent you falling to earth has jolted you from a state of trance that allowed you to avoid dealing with profound and fundamental issues. Don’t be angry or bitter at this passing, for whatever has gone never really belong to you. Be patient, wait, and learn from the process of loss.

Meaning: Just as the Universe has the power to create, so it also has the power to destroy. The sudden catabolic power of natural c catastrophe and disaster is almost unimaginable. With a sideways flick of its tail, the hurricane can uproot a bridge, just as a shudder in the Earth’s crust can reduce whole cities to rubble and send tidal shock waves around the world. On the human level, we build our seemingly indestructible edifices of theory, technical endeavor and civilization, believing they are immovable and eternal. We wrap ourselves in the trappings of power and position, but in the end we own nothing; we only borrow for the time we are here. All we truly have is what we have learned.

This image combines two of the traditional Tarot cards: the Hanged Man and the Tower. Here the great forest oak is shattered by the power of the storm. For those who have climbed the tree and lashed themselves to a branch, the fall may be long. So too the arrogance and pretension of material life may be torn apart by a single act of nature and fate. But the fires that blasts the limb also burns the bonds that have held us in a position of false security. Just as the Hanged Man is caught in a state of divine sacrifice and linked to the threefold death, here in the Blasted Oak, the tree itself is shaken and scarred. Likewise, the tower is shattered by the storm and believing in the illusion of material power can only end in spiritual isolation, stagnation, and collapse.

But even as we fall, the power that floods our senses with pain also cleanses and burns away the illusions and falsehoods. As our hand reach for the stable earth, the power grounds itself through us. Our senses are alive with the heat of life. Our emotions are ablaze with passion. Perhaps we had forgotten the intensity of desire, the need to keep struggling for understanding. The essence of true strength and enduring spirit cannot be bought with gold or position or grandiose esoteric theory. It is found in the ashes and flames of nature’s own “wild”card.

Description: A figure falls from a severed branch of the lightning-struck Oak. Flames dancer on the following figure, turning the hair to flame and burning the bonds appear to have tied the person to the branch. As the figure falls, attached to neither tree nor earth, the powerful Lightning energy charges the very air with dancing fingers of light and seeks to earth itself by passing through the figure and shooting from the outstretched fingers that seem to be reaching for the ground.

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

Today’s card just might resonate with a lot of folks. I know many who are struggling with boredom during isolation (and though many of us are in places that are opening up, many of us are still being cautious). Ask yourself – or the Universe – what you need to be focusing on to help you through it. Many have worked more with plants and the yard, which is great because it’s also grounding. Art, reading, writing letters – there are so many ways to kick boredom to the curb, but you must first get the energy to snap out of the malaise.

Blessings!

Four of Vessels – Boredom

Meaning: Lethargy or laziness, locking an individual in a cycle of wasted energy, while all around is the source of inspiration waiting there for the taking. The sickness of the soul.

Reading Points: The Universe responds favorably to a decisive, forward momentum, while boredom leaves a person in a state of inaction. There are many reasons for feeling disenchanted or trapped in life. The causes of the malaise and the feeling of being weathered by routine or beaten down by conflict are common, but in the end it is from ourselves that the first sparks of momentum must emanate.

Emotionally frozen or disconnected people become “black holes” of despair, into which all light and positive energy fall, and fail to return. However, the keys require to allow energy to flow and enlighten the individual again are almost always present,  even though they may remain unseen. But if you ask a question of the Universe, the Universe will answer. It has no choice. Nature abhors a vacuum and it will throw so many opportunities into your path that your head will spin. All you have to do is recognize and acknowledge the proffered doorways, and step through them. Challenge should not be feared; opportunity should be grasped and utilized to its natural limit.

Description: A female figure sits at the most of a cave in a typical pose of boredom, staring at nothing. Beside the cave entrance are two vessels, from which spout a vine-like plant. which curls up over the rock to form a tangled arch. Caught in the thicket are two more vessels from which streams of water issue.

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

As a feather finder, I definitely see feathers as representatives of prayer and blessing. I know our household has been stressed by too much togetherness in recent months, and I can imagine others need the reminder to always put love first even when dealing with difficult issues with one another.

Hope everyone has a good Wednesday.

PRAYER FEATHER

MEANING: Love is flowing in to you and through you. No matter what an individual is saying or doing, love him or her anyway. Gather your inner forces; silently and secretly love deeply and fully, with every ounce of your being, even if someone isn’t fulfilling your expectations. (It’s easy to love people when they’re acting wonderfully; the true challenge is to love them when they aren’t.)

NATIVE SPIRIT WISDOM: Feathers in native cultures often represent a connection with the Creator. Birds often symbolize messengers between the two-leggeds (humans) and Spirit. This is your time to love and be loved. The love that you send out into the world comes back to you a hundredfold. There are times when the small concerns of everyday life need to drop away and be replaced by the majesty of your being – this it that time. Prayer feathers are decorated feathers that can be used for many purposes. In some traditions, prayers are placed into the feather – you can hold it to your heart or between your hands as you focus on your prayer – and then tied onto a bush so when the wind blows, it carries the prayers to the Creator. Another kind of prayer feather is a decorated feather or a decorated bundle of feathers that are used for smudging (sacred smoke) ceremonies. The smoke it to cleanse the space as well as carry your prayers upward.

THE JOURNEY: For a day, love each person you encounter. Imagine a golden ray of light from the center of your heart radiating at the center of the heart of that individual. Notice how great you feel by the end of the day.

Native Spirit Oracle by author Denise Linn and artist Charles McStravick

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