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We can go a lifetime ignoring the responsibility of being an elder – we will never know everything there is to know. Sharing what we do know while being open to new ideas and learning is key. For those just beginning the journey of life, it is important to learn to listen to the elders available to you while applying their wisdom in your own way. Blessings!

Meaning: Confidence, entering your power, and standing strong. You are a leader. Stepping into the light. Let your truth be heard and felt by others. Make a stand in life. You carry deep inner wisdom. You are a teacher and a leader in the deepest sense of the words. You are a beacon for others.

Native Spirit Wisdom: In native culture, the elders, tribal chiefs, and clan leaders are looked to for advice and leadership. When this card chooses you, it’s time to step into your leadership role. An elder walks the path, stomps the grass down, and throws the boulders out of the way so that the path is easier for others. Sometimes you might find yourself alone or tired, but know that what you’re doing is making a difference in the lives of many. The greatest leaders are those who know how to serve, supporting others to reach their dreams. Even if you’ve been in the background in the past, right now it’s your turn to step forward and become the light for others.

The Journey: Being an elder and a tribal leader means speaking your truth, even if it’s hard or even if you’re afraid. If there’s anyone you need to stand up to, this is the time. Being a leader means supporting others, so there’s anyone you need to support or make amends with, this is the time.

Native Spirit Oracle by Denise Linn, art by Charles McStravick

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OK, so how many of you have a certain song from The Lion King stuck in your head now? Goooood.

This card indicates a need to find your center and work from there to make dreams and goals a reality. Be prepared for change.

Circle of Life

Meaning: All things are possible. Stand in your center and be open. The Four Winds are bringing your dreams to fruition. Embrace and accept where you are in the great circle of life. Bounty and abundance are flowing to you. If you’ve had relationship or financial challenges, things are about to change.

Native Spirit Wisdom: The circle of life (called “The medicine wheel” in Native American traditions) symbolizes a cosmology that honors all the circle of life. Those in Western cultures tend to see life as linear; however, those in indigenous cultures view all life as a circle. When this card chooses you, it’s time to honor and cherish all aspects of the great circle. All parts of the journey have beauty and grace. There’s beauty in the rising sun, just as there is in the setting sun. To only revel in the rising sun (and demean times of endings) depletes your energy. Choose what is and you become master of the Universe (or at least of your own personal universe).

The Journey: Create a medicine wheel for yourself. It can be as simple as creating a circle of stones that you place on your desk or making a circle of stones or pinecones that you lay outdoors. As you place each part of the circle, hold the intent that you’re honoring all aspects of your life.

Native Spirit Oracle by author Denise Linn and artist Charles McStravick

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We received an eye-opening spread today! Take a gander at this:

Now that is a power trio if I ever saw one. For the primary card for today, Thunder Drum was the leader. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Drumming brings up your power and your connection to spirit. And if you can get a whole group together jamming and melding their rhythms, it is truly powerful. The world needs more of that, literally and figuratively. So, whether or not you have a drum, let yourself into a rhythm even if it’s gently tapping the heartbeat rhythm on your chest.

Have a great weekend!

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THUNDER DRUM

MEANING: Stand up and be counted. Be assertive. Don’t be shy about sharing your gifts and letting the world know about your value. Declare with authority. “This is who I am, and this is what I stand for.” Make a stand for others less fortunate. Take risks. Walk in rhythm to the beat of your own drum. This is not the time to step back or step aside.

NATIVE SPIRIT WISDOM: Throughout the world, indigenous people have called Spirit through drumming. Drumming was used to activate one’s fighting spirit before battle, as well as for joyous celebrations and sacred ceremonies. It was also used for healing rituals. In every case, the drumbeat was used to open spiritual realms. A thunder drum calls the Thunder Beings from the sky, and they arrive with passion and incredible vitality. Drawing this card means that it is time to step into your passion. Make a stand in life for what truly matters to you.

THE JOURNEY: A powerful way to activate your life force is to drum on your chest lightly with a closed fist. It’s especially powerful if you do a two-beat – similar to the sound of a beating heart – which is the most primordial sound for humans. This rhythm is grounding and activates your strength.

Native Spirit Oracle by Denise Linn, art by Charles McStravick

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There is a patient old man who has taken up the Tarot Kitty reins in the house. Tommy, formerly a neighborhood/porch kitty, was brought in this winter as his seizures worsened – sometimes leaving him unable to walk well for a couple days (did I mention he’s also quite old?). He has adapted quite well to indoor life and is happy to lay on a heated throw most of the day. But he does like to join me for the card and patiently wait until I’m done, as you can see.

Funny how I was thinking of doing a cleansing in the house today in preparation for Imbolc and here I drew a card that suggests doing just that! Water is vital part of our existence, and we often take it for granted. The card today makes some great suggestions for paying attention to water in ourselves and environment and exploring it spiritually as well.

Blessings!

Meaning: Trust your intuition. Know that you’re on the right path. Take time to nurture yourself. Allow your inner child free rein. Believe in your dreams. Don’t stifle your emotions; trust the messages they’re giving you. Purify and cleanse yourself and your home. Healing is on its way. Emotional healing energy is expanding within you.

Native Spirit Wisdom: The Spirit of Water invites an emotional richness to your life. Communicate from your heart. Embrace your childlike wonder. This card also represents purification, cleansing, and healing. It reminds you to clean your personal space and embrace your emotions – all of them, even the ones that you don’t usually like. Additionally, trust your hunches. Push off from the shore of safety, and enter the flow of life. All is well.

The Journey: Be aware of water in your life: humidity, mists, clouds, rain, water in food (fruit, vegetables, and so forth), the ocean, the rivers, the bath, and the shower. Drink extra water; energize it by placing your hand over each glass and sending love into the water. Cleanse and purify yourself and your living space using water. Imagine how it would feel to be a still pool, a mountain stream, a mist, the great sea, or a summer shower. Notice any emotions or feelings that emerge as you do this. Watch your dreams.

Native Spirit Oracle by Denise Linn and art by Charles McStravick

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This is such a deeply beautiful card that would be easy to neglect the meaning. Yes, there is much beauty in this Earth, but we can also work with the Earth to ground ourselves and evaluate where we are and where we truly wish to be. Pausing before action isn’t always fear – sometimes we just need a break to rediscover ourselves and learn what we truly want from life.

Blessings and have a lovely Thursday!

Parting

Grandmother Earth

MEANING: Stop and take measure of your life. Assess who you are and where you are. Get grounded. Make plans for the future, but don’t act on those plans until you are ready and feel secure in stepping forward. There is a profound source of strength and power within you, and it is expanding now. Put your roots down. This is the time of preparation and going deeper.

NATIVE SPIRIT WISDOM: Grandmother Earth provides the trees, plants, flowers, rivers, streams, oceans, mountains, and valleys, and supports us all with her bounty. She’s stable and strong in her devotion to us. You are supported and loved, even if you’re not always sure of it. Strength is growing within you. Don’t rush. Slow down. The seeds that you plant now will bring abundance in the future, but only if you take the time to nurture those new beginnings. Take time to plan your future carefully. Don’t rush into anything. Security and protection surround you. You are safe. If you’re thinking of making secure financial investments and receive this card, it’s telling you that this is a good time to do so; it’s not a time to take risks.

THE JOURNEY: To deepen your connection to Grandmother Earth and bring security in all forms into your life, walk barefoot on the earth, place your hands in the earth, or make investments. Imagine the strengthening, grounding energy of the earth filling you and your life. 

Native Spirit Oracle by author Denise Linn and artist Charles McStravick

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Tricksters are often seen as bad, but they often teach lessons with their orneriness. If life seems to be disappointing lately, find ways to find the humor and the joy in what you can do and have available.

Blessings!

Trickster

Card Meaning: Things are not as bad as they seem. Something that seems bad may in fact be good and vice versa. Don’t take everything at face value. Look beneath the surface. This card encourages you to try to find humor or gentle amusement in seemingly difficult situations. It also encourages you to have irrepressible fun. Step out of the mold.

Native Spirit Wisdom: In indigenous traditions, there is the concept of the tricksters. In Native American traditions, the trickster is often depicted as a wily coyote, but sometimes the trickster is a human, called “heyoka.” There is a lighthearted, fun aspect of the trickster, but there’s also the caution to tread carefully because things are not always as they seem. Be discerning. What appears to be a good opportunity may, in fact, not be. The wonderful aspect of this card choosing you is that it offers the opportunity to step out of the old, outmoded ways of perceiving yourself. The trickster allows you to see yourself in an entirely new way and asks you to step out of the older routines and habits that might be keeping you stagnant.

The Journey: It might sound very strange, but the easiest way to activate the energy of this card is to howl like a coyote. If you can, it’s even better to do it during the light of the full moon. This breaks up stagnant energies and brings in fresh vitality.

Native Spirit Oracle by author Denise Lynn and artist Charles McStravick

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First, do you see the challenge I have when posting the card every morning? LOL This kitty is Budge, and he’s a sweetheart, but there’s always one of four cats that want this spot. Budge just wanted to say hello.

Now, on to the card.

So often we gather little things throughout our life that mean something to us – signs of changes or personal inspirations. From a stone, feather, or acorn picked up on a walk to a crystal or tool that calls to you at a shop, many different things can do the trick. Today’s card suggests it is time to pull together and revisit these items as well as your mental and spiritual resources that might not be a material thing.

Blessings!

MEDICINE BAG 

MEANING: Gather your resources. Be discerning. Vast inner power is growing in your life – step back and let it grow. There are times to shine brightly for all to see, and there are also times to choose carefully who sees your true self. Choose wisely. Do not make hasty decisions. If it doesn’t feel right, hold back. You’re protected from any less-than-positive outside influences. Your capacity and potential are growing in leaps and bounds. 

NATIVE SPIRIT WISDOM: It’s traditional in indigenous cultures to carry a medicine bag or bundle as a form of protection and also as a way to access your personal power through the sacred objects that are held there. The items in the medicine bag each contain potent qualities that allow one’s abilities to magnify and also help one commune with the Creator. As your power grows, take time to protect it. Just as you protect a seedling in the early months, and then later – once it’s an established tree – it can withstand the storms of time. Protect your growing power, and it will become as mighty as an ancient oak.

THE JOURNEY: Consider obtaining or creating your own medicine bag or bundle. Put objects in it that are meaningful to you and make you feel strong and vital whenever you look at them. Traditionally, one’s medicine bag was not worn for display, but often hidden from view or kept in a sacred place. 

Native Spirit Oracle by Denise Linn, art by Charles McStravick 

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Fire is often a frightening force, but it is also a powerful one. Remember to balance your energy so that you can utilize the power of fire within you for a rebirth, to face fears, and renew yourself.

Have a lovely Tuesday, everyone!

Spirit of Fire

MEANING: Transformation. Take risks. Face your fears. Break out of old patterns and conventions. Just because you’ve always done something in the past doesn’t mean that you need to continue to do it in the future. Try something new. Change your routines and habits. Reach out in new directions. The Thunderbird is rising in you; out of the ashes come new growth and new beginnings.

NATIVE SPIRIT WISDOM: In native cultures, fire was thought to be a gift from the creator that carried the power of renewal. Fire can maintain life – and destroy it. It is the warmth of the tribal fire, but it is also the thundering lightning bolt cast down from the sky. It can purify and transform – and it can annihilate. Fire represents your life force, the spark of life within you, and also the pure white light within you. The Spirit of Fire card invites you to take some risks and to face your fears. We often are reacting to situations because of preconditioned responses based on our self-generating definition of self. Every time you change an old habit – even changing to a different breakfast food – it helps you begin to step out of a limiting definition of self. Purification by fire creates transformation. Take care to keep your energy and balance. Fire that burns too brightly burns out, but a fire that’s left to smolder dies.

THE JOURNEY: When you first wake up in the morning, focus on the emerging sunlight. Imagine that you are breathing in that light. Gaze unblinkingly into a candle flame and focus your awareness on the inner flame within you. By doing this you’re activating the spirit of fire that dwells within you and around you. Imagine yourself to be a single candle flame, a camp fire, a forest fire, electricity, lightning, the Sun, and stars. Affirm this: May the light of the Sun illuminate my heart, that my heart may illuminate the world.

Native Spirit Oracle by author Denise Linn and artist Charles McStravick

Native Spirit Oracle by Denise Lynn, art by Charles McStravick

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What a beautiful card we have today. It’s easy to walk in beauty this time of year, with soft, glowing fall colors all around. Don’t forget that you always have beauty inside yourself – and sometimes we don’t recognize and nurture it. Now is the time to pay attention to both external and internal beauty.

Blessings!

Walking in Beauty

Meaning: Radiant beauty surrounds you. You’re beautiful, inside and out. No matter what your age, your grace is growing. Being in balance. As you walk in beauty and feel gratitude for it, your life will be filled with immense splendor. Whenever you can, spend time in natural, wild spaces. As you see and hear and feel beauty around you, your own beauty will grow.

Native Spirit Wisdom: In Native American traditions, there’s the concept of walking in beauty. It’s called “hozho naasha” in the Navajo/Dineh tradition, and it means being in balance with a natural way of life. When we are in the right relationship with the natural world around us, we are walking in beauty. The more you sense and see beauty around you – in your environment, yourself, and your body – the more it will fill your life in all forms. Never say anything about yourself or your body that’s negative. Don’t put down yourself or others. Instead, affirm beauty, and take time to adorn your body and personal space. Walk in nature and inhale the beauty of every part of our wonderful planet. Cherish yourself and the luminescence within you, and you will glow.

The Journey: Create outer harmony in your home environment, even in small ways – such as a vase of flowers, a scented candle or clean windows – and your inner grace and radiance will begin to shine even more brightly. Where you go, look for beauty in your surroundings, and as a result, the world will become more beautiful.

Native Spirit Oracle by author Denise Linn artist Charles McStravick

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Today, two different cards were had a strong pull, and they do seem to work together well. Ideally, a warrior of the heart should probably work to purify themselves and clear both mental and physical clutter before tackling the serious work of this warrior.

Blessings and have a lovely weekend!

Sweat Lodge

Meaning: Cleanse yourself: body, mind, and soul. Purify and let go of objects and relationships that no longer serve you. Purify your body, go within, and meditate. Talk to the creators. Give thanks.

Native Spirit Wisdom: Sweat lodges are small dome structures covered with skins, blankets, or mud in which very hot stones are placed in the center. Water is poured over the stones so that hot steam rises from the rocks. Thus the sweat lodge, with its hot steam, is used for purification ceremonies as well as a place to commune with the divine. This card shows you that it’s time to clear out the clutter in your life. Sometimes clutter means cleaning out your closet of items that you don’t love or use. But sometimes clutter can be outmoded relationships or habits that no longer serve you. The clearer your inner and outer space becomes, the easier it will be to hear the sweet messages from your soul.

The Journey: sometimes this card chooses you when it’s time to do some physical detoxification. Fast for a day. Drink green juices. Clear out some clutter: love it, use it, or get rid of it. Even one small item to make a difference.

 

Warrior of the Heart

Meaning: You have the radiant spirit of a warrior of the light. Be impeccable in all of your actions. No matter what others believe, the Creator always knows the truth. This isn’t the time to be timid and pull back. Immense courage is filling you. Throw your shoulders back, step forward, and take a risk! Be willing to live life from your heart rather than you mind. Honor your truth. Speak up for yourself.

Native Spirit Wisdom: The greatest native warriors weren’t the ones who wounded the most people; they were those remarkable beings who had such personal power that enemies lay down their weapons rather than fight. There are times in life to step back and even times to walk away, but there are also times to stand up for yourself and those less advantaged. Don’t allow yourself to be limited by your belief system. Courage doesn’t mean that you aren’t afraid. Fearless means just that: Fear less. Acknowledge that you’re frightened, and take action anyway! Face your anxiety and go beyond the boundaries of limited perception of yourself. Through your example, people find and act on their truth. You’re a light bearer for others.

The Journey:  List everything that you are afraid of. Then next to that list, write every reason why it is important to overcome that fear. (In other words, what does that fear cost you?) Then make a list of the various ways that you can overcome that fear.

Native Spirit Oracle by author Denise Linn and artist Charles McStravick

 

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