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Unfinished business? Is it time for soul mates or a band of soul friends to meet up and renew bonds? A lot to think about with this card.

Bendithion Affalon!

Six of Vessels – Reunion

MEANING: There may be affection and love in a situation that could take time to resolve. Recognition of ancestral and reincarnation memory. Polaric love between soulmates.

It can also refer to the coming together of a band of comrades, tribal or clan members, or a brotherhood of old friends gathering for the acknowledgment of their shared bond.

DESCRIPTION: A green mound is crowned by a grove of trees. In the face of the mound is an entrance framed with a bright slabs of stone. Water gushes from the mouth of the mound and spreads out to form a pool of still water. On the water float six small vessels, each one filled with light. Two otters regard the scene.

READING POINTS: An emotional reunion can sometimes referred to the mystical karmic cycles that bring lovers back through time, space, and lifetimes. The purpose of this sober union may be manifold but it can be to complete unfinished business or to teach me lessons from old actions or wrong choices. It can also refer to the coming together of a band of comrades, tribal or clan members, or a brotherhood of oil friends, gathering for the acknowledgment of their shared bond. It may also referred to the reunion of the individual with their own true nature, in terms of a forgotten or rejected history or experience.

By meditating on a past issue with new wisdom and insight and an acceptance of personal responsibility and forgiveness, reclamation may take place. A spiritual re-amalgamation of a facet of the individual’s personality, for the purposes of clearing and self empowerment, maybe possible and a healthy union in the soul the result. reassurance is gained from a reunion of this nature, revealing with the correct path was taken and your decisions were based on valid and honest instincts and motivations.

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

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We know Raven is a messenger – what message is he bringing to you today?


Bran offers initiation, protection and the gift of prophecy. What is meant by initiation in practice may be as formal as actually undergoing an initiation ceremony, or as informal as, for example, being initiated into the mysteries of a new post or profession. It marks the death of one thing, which gives way to the birth of another. The power of the Raven can also bring you the very deepest form of healing, which is achieved through a process known as “the resolution of the opposites” – giving you the possibility of resolving conflicts that have long lain buried in your unconscious or perhaps in your past.

Alternatively, this card could also indicate that you should become aware of the forces of destruction that exist in your life and in the world. However much we might wish that destruction did not occur, we know that without destruction there cannot be construction and recreation. The Raven speaks of the knowledge of the dark and difficult aspects of life, which it is hard for us to understand. Sometimes we, or our lives, must go through a process of disintegration and darkness, in order to emerge into the greater light of a new morning. To a great extent, our fear of the dark is worse than whatever it is that we find there. The Raven may indicate that we can now come to terms with our own destructiveness – a rage that has perhaps been buried for years – knowing that we have the protection of the Goddess. Deeper still, it may mean that we can come to a resolution of the conflict of opposites – experiencing the reality that in darkness there is light, and in light darkness.

The Druid Plant Oracle by Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm, art by Will Worthington

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Be on the lookout for this magic to be in action this weekend! Blessings and see you all on Monday.


Magic is the mysterious and coincidental. It is at the heart of these moments of synchronicity and knowing. It is woven into the awareness that there is more to life than what you can see. It is born of that moment when you step without fear and with a loving heart into the Void, voice your desire, and have the Great Spirit send his messengers to show you the way. Trust in magic. It is real, and it surrounds you.

Messenger Oracle by Ravynne Phelan

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Exciting day in our household: my stepdaughter starts her senior year in high school (woohoo!) and her papa is headed back to work for the school. This year may be crazy for us, so be prepared if I’m a wee bit inconsistent with the card.

OK, now to today’s card. 🙂

Augery and similar tools of divining from symbols you see, has long influenced humankind. Don’t ignore these!

See the Signs

We are often sent small signs in the form of synchronicities and coincidences. Be watchful. Do not overlook them in the everyday rush of life. Words, numbers, and symbols that repeat, animals and birds that appear on your path, people who come in and out of your life at odd or similar moments, and those flashes of knowing when you believe something will happen with every fiber of your being – these are all things you are meant to see and hear; messages from Gaia and Great Spirit sent to aid your journey.

Messenger Oracle by Ravynne Phelan

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I don’t know exactly why I keep reaching for the Halloween Oracle during the summer – perhaps my subconscious hopes it will help usher in the cool fall weather. I could only hope.

Regardless of WHY I picked this deck, it delivered a set of cards that exemplifies a process of healing. We had one like this last week, but this is in a different direction. Often, this work is done close to Samhain, but perhaps some of us need an early start.

This set brought to mind the need to come to terms (and peace) with things that have happened in our family’s past. Generational wounds can damage people for decades (or longer), and there’s no need to keep carrying that damage with you. Remember whatever it is you need to let go of, and perhaps try to remember some good things from that same time as well. Move on to considering your ancestors, whether they be great great grandparents that committed and hid a damaging secret or a parent who did not know how to love.

The final card is Forgiveness – and this can be so very hard to do, especially when you cannot safely (or practically) deal with the wounder face to face. But forgiveness doesn’t mean letting them off the hook – it’s really more for you. Letting go of those hurtful acts gives you more room for love and growth. Again, it’s hard, and that’s no lie. I’ve been working on this with one relative for about a decade. But do try.

Blessings of Avalon!

THE LAMP – Remembrance

I light a single candle
Within a lamp for you
A single flame in the darkness
That reflects my heart so true.
While it is a tradition to carve a jack-o-lantern to scare away the spirits, it was an older tradition still to light a candle or a lamp on Halloween night and leave it at the window as a loving guide for those who have passed.

Both as a symbol of remembrance and also as a kind of “leaving the lights on” for those who may wish to come home, the lamp was left on to illuminate the night and perhaps even the sadness that was felt because of the passing.

This card reminds us that it is a positive thing to remember those who have passed by celebrating their life rather than mourning their death. For those with whom we did not have an easy relationship or even those we did not like, leave us with valuable lessons. Sometimes, we learn more from our nemesis than we do from our friends and so the darkness can illuminate our strengths and our true values so that we can live them ore clearly and fully.


ANCESTORS – The love and legacy of our DNA

I walk in their footsteps
Their wisdom inside me remains
I am unique, yet carry a legacy
Their blood runs in my veins

Whether or not we know our ancestors, we are the product of those who have lived before us, DNA-wise. Externally, we may have the body type of our father, our mother’s eyes, our grandmother’s nose, our great-grandfather’s skin tone.

On the inside, it gets even more interesting. We know now that we can “inherit” the way our body works, blood types, genetic disorders, even propensities for aspects of brain function like introversion, musicality, and mathematics.

Many Pagan paths associated with Halloween believe that we are born perfectly imperfect to be exactly what we are meant to be. What does this mean? It means that the gifts our ancestors left us and the unique synergy of the combination of the physical, mental, and physical that is created within us, sets us up perfectly to achieve our ultimate purpose.

Should the Ancestor card bring itself to your attention, know that you are ready and able to action your birthright of power. You have the support of those who came before you. There may be challenges or struggles but you have everything you need to overcome them. You will prevail!


FORGIVENESS – Reducing burden

A wrong is done
Consequences you cannot deny
But to hold a grudge is to drink poison
and think that the other person will die.

Being a cold-season festival, Halloween is the perfect time to pause and think about how things actually are in our lives and what heavy burdens we do not wish to carry through these harder, leaner times. Some of this heavy-heartedness may relate to old relationships or grievances. Some may relate to negative feelings we hold onto tightly about others and even a lack of compassion for the “mistakes” we have ourselves made.

It is said that it takes a “big person to apologize” but in many ways it takes an even bigger person to forgive. When we hold grudges, the negative energy is incredibly toxic. It is like drinking a poison and expecting the “other” unforgiven person to die! Whilst we may even harbor feelings of revenge (and to be honest, that does feel good for a while), it is important that we move those feelings along to forgiveness and release as soon as possible for our own health and wellbeing.

If you have chosen this card, think about who it is that you could be forgiving – and that includes yourself.

The Halloween Oracle by author Stacey Demarco and artist Jimmy Manton

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This seems so timely. This morning during porch time, my boyfriend and I discussed the changes in weather patterns (we’ve had an extremely rainy season here in southeast Kansas) and whether it is due to climate change, polar shifts, or what. It is worrisome to see the weather I knew to be so different in my childhood change before my eyes.

After that, it was fitting that Pachamama was the card that I drew. This Andean earth goddess was given legal rights – the rights of nature – by Bolivia and Ecuador. She understands the importance of natural diversity, which is eroding. According to the WWF, 60 percent of wildlife is gone since 1970. I read that statistic last night and was shocked.

Pachamama also know that change is coming, and we should learn to relax and work with it rather than against it. She also knows that the needed change cannot start out in the world – it starts within each of us. This is a LONG card description, but it is so good. Here’s a taste: “The outcome depends on our ability to hold a sacred feminine presence that allows for differences to be integrated into oneness, while understanding that oneness has nothing to do with sameness.”


Pachamama – She with the Andean Emerald Heart

Pachamama, the goddess of the earth honored by the indigenous people of the Andes, holds space for many different creatures to live within her field – including the crazy, beautiful, dangerous, and divine humanity. She know that life thrives through diversity. She is able to foster life with such genius and generosity because there is no fear preventing her from holding space for the new to emerge. Be open to the new and the different in yourself and in your life. Trust, like the Earth Mother, as an act of devotion. She is watching over you as you evolve to manifest the fullness of your sacred and original life purpose. 

Meaning: Don’t hold back from what is happening. Things need to change, so let them change. It may seem chaotic or overwhelming now. However, when you realize that you don’t need to figure it all out, you will relax, allowing the wisdom of what is happening at a deeper level to unfold. Trust that your inner resources are enough and will grow to meet your needs for soul expression in the world. You may sometimes feel like you are juggling too many projects with too few arms. The Divine Mother can help you if you trust her to keep an eye on things and guide the process for you. This oracle indicates that peace and harmony will eventually triumph over conflict and challenge, brining about a new way of being.

Guidance: How is it that the boundless diversity of nature interacts as an extraordinary and harmonious eco-system, rather than dropping into a melee of competing interests, destructive conflict, or soul-deadening, copy-cat conformity? It is all a question of holding space for it. The more diverse the input into any field, the more potential there is for conflict, yes, but also for creative innovation. Through our differences, we can bring out the worst in each other. If we do so, allowing them to close us down out of fear, we would stifle the uniqueness of soul. If we cannot  hold space for for increasing diversity, we risk extinguishing our creative passion for originally, and then the energy, excitement and evolution that unique evokes will be lost, Those of us in positions of spiritual leadership and sacred guardianship desire a more vitalizing outcome for our communities. That means we need to tend to the way that we hold space.

For such an invisible concept, holding space has an extraordinary power. To tap into that power, we need to understand that we cannot hold for another what we cannot hold for ourselves. It has been said in Buddhist wisdom teachings that, without compassion for the self, there cannot ever truly be compassion for another. Modern psychology teaches us that we cannot love another before learning how to love ourselves. This is empowering. It means that we can grow as capable, new-world leaders and guardians of communities through the work that we do within.

It is reassuring to remember that the more we are able to hold a space for ourselves, the more we become a presence in which others can flourish. As you do your inner work, your presence can create sacred space that is constructive, potent, and transformative. Like ripples in the pond of consciousness, which emanate outward from the center, the space you hold within can create a freeing and uplifting consciousness. Palpable in its effect, this will have a potential reach far behind what you may expect.

As we grow our role of sacred guardianship on this planet, the space we hold for ourselves and the world becomes more potent and important. That space can become a way for diversity to either be a beautiful orchestra or a cacophony of chaos. The outcome depends on our ability to hold a sacred feminine presence that allows for differences to be integrated into oneness, while understanding that oneness has nothing to do with sameness. You have the ability to bring great life to the souls of this world through honoring your own soul journey. Don’t underestimate the importance of your inner work, nor the healing effect it initiates in the world.

Earth Warriors Oracle by author Alana Fairchild and artist Isabel Brynne

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In our house, we will still be working on the process presented yesterday in the cards (decluttering and smudging our home, and then heading to a meditation & ritual space), but what a wonderful followup to yesterday’s spread. So whatever you discovered in yesterday’s workings, trust that intuition and pay attention to what it tells you.

Happy Wednesday, everyone!


MEANING: You are a channel for Spirit. Trust your intuition, hunches, and gut reactions. This is a visionary card with the message that you’re on the right path, even if it doesn’t always seem like it. Your higher self and spiritual guides, ancestors, and guardians are watching over you and supporting you. You are a dreamer in the most wondrous definition of the word.

NATIVE SPIRIT WISDOM: In earth-based, tribal traditions, people looked to those unique individuals who had the ability to journey during their nocturnal dreams to bring back wisdom and guidance for the tribe. The dreamers were able to step through sacred portals in the night to commune with those on the other side. You carry the energy of the visionary, healer, and seer. Watch your dreams; messages from the Creator are flowing to you.

THE JOURNEY: Before going to sleep, place a journal next to your bed. (Most dreams are forgotten within less than ten minutes, so it’s essential to record them as soon as you can upon waking.) When the Dream Traveler card chooses you, it’s essential to watch your dreams. Profound, and even life-changing, messages can come through.

Native Spirit Oracle by author Denise Linn and artist Charles McStravick

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Another duo stood out today that seems even more interesting when you consider the lunar eclipse coming tomorrow. A hare, also well known for its moonlight shenanigans, here basks in the sunlight by a ancient circle of stones. On the other side, and owl is illuminated by ta full moon in the background, but there is a moon that she stands upon as well as a hidden symbol and another celestial body on the left side of her head. The obvious and mysterious mingle here in a way that I will be thinking about for a while.


The Sun – represents peace of mind

Satisfaction, accomplishment, contentment, success, favorable relationship, love, joy, devotion, unselfish sentiment, favorable omen, high spirit, warmth, sincerity, achievement in the arts.

It could also mean unhappiness, loneliness, cancelled plans, clouded future and lack of friendship

Queen of Cups

A warm-hearted and fair person, adored, devoted wife, practical, honest

Inconsistency of honor, not to be trusted, vice, dishonesty.

Familiars Tarot by Lisa Parker

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Now, many groups are created online (or members find each other there), but just because we can find each other easier via the Internet doesn’t mean we’re any better at staying together.”

An excerpt from another throwback blog post. Read more about the ups and downs of building Pagan community today.

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Looking for more Samhain-related posts? Here’s some past posts: Honoring the Ancestors, Embracing the Wise Crone, and Herb or Rembrance, Herb of Samhain.  

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Happy Halloween and Blessed Samhain to all of you! It’s been a while since posting something other than the Halloween Oracle Card of the Day (on Facebook), but this time of the year always makes me want to get back to the keyboard.


My Beloved Dead altar for 2016

Of course, I’m not alone and I’read many blog posts and articles about this beautiful season and what we learn from it. We see how others deal with loss, and Heron Michelle from Patheos wrote how we as Pagans should do more than honor and celebrate the dead but also prepare for own death even in practical ways. It’s an excellent and honest article.

I lost my Mom a little over two years ago, and I do know that Michelle’s words ring true as my Mom had taken care of everything for her funeral and burial except her head stone, which she always said she would leave for us kids to pick. When an undiagnosed liver disease finally became known, we had precious little time with her and it was a blessing to not also worry about her medical wishes, funeral expenses and so forth. Planning all of that years ago was a gift my mother may not have even realized she was giving.

However, I my biggest Samhain lesson from losing the most important person in my life is this: Don’t wait to live the life you want.

Mom was one of those who worked hard at underpaid and underappreciated jobs all her life. She raised four kids and showed great resourcefulness in keeping us fed, clothed, and sheltered on a tight budget. Even after retirement, she had to work to make due. With undiagnosed illnesses (for him, it was dementia) affecting their personalities, my mom and stepdad divorced when she was in her late 60s. What little savings they had was split. They had to lower the price of their home to sell it, losing money in the process. Her last year was stressful as her tight budget, her medical issues, and mental confusion combined to make life very difficult, even with three daughters hovering over her.

Mom’s “golden years” had become pretty tarnished. All her life she had planned to travel and relax in retirement – that dream mocked her as she struggled to get by.

Sadly, I see so many people go through this same thing. They focus all their energy on work or professional goals or doing the things they “ought” to do, thinking they can work on their real dreams or just take time for themselves later. So many have their retirement dreams cut short illness. For others, it’s financial surprises that ruin their plans. The fact is that even careful planning can be for naught in some situations. We simply don’t control as much of what happens to us as we think.

It reminds me of a picture I once took where a sign warned about falling rocks, but a log was falling in the background instead. Life is like this: prepare for one thing and something different will happen.


And as I put up my Beloved Dead altar every year, I’m reminded of this lesson.

This is why I don’t work overtime. Yes, I have what many consider a good job, but the fact is that the company really cares more about its bottom line than it does about me. And while it’s a good job, it’s not exactly a dream job. So I’d rather spend my extra time for me or with the ones I love.

This is also why I saved some of the insurance money leftover from Mom’s final expenses to travel to Ireland next year. We have some Irish heritage, so I know my Mom would have approved – but it’s the place I’ve longed to go to for the longest time.

This is why I allow myself the really good chocolate and time to write.

This is why I took up an old hobby that brings me joy.

It’s why I try to focus on smiling and laughing with friends and family rather than getting too involved with things that bring a lot of unneeded stress.

Many Pagans quote the “live in the moment” philosophy and yet are often as bad as the rest of Westerners about taking time for themselves and honoring their real life goals and dreams. We are not immune to the disease of just getting by or wasting time on things that don’t fulfill us.

No matter who we are, the fact is that life is much shorter than what we imagine. Let’s not waste it.



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