Posts Tagged ‘Native Spirit Oracle’

OK, I really hope this card is for us all and not just me – yesterday at the end of a much-needed reiki session, I pulled another card that indicated transformation. But then, is it ever a bad thing to take a moment and seek wisdom?

Blessings,

Thistle

OWL MEDICINE

MEANING: Wisdom. Illumination. Intuition, clairvoyance, and deep insight abound. Go within. Profound majesty and grace is available to you simply by pulling your awareness inward. Ancient knowledge is emerging within you. You know the truth. Trust your perception. You are a truth-seeker and a truth-sharer. Nurture the feminine spirit within you.

NATIVE SPIRIT WISDOM: In some indigenous cultures, the men say that they are afraid of the owl because it represents the power of woman and they’re in awe of (and even afraid of) the power of women. Other native cultures call the owl the “night eagle,” for it has the majesty of the eagle but works silently in the darkness of night. (In Western cultures, the owl sits on the shoulder of Athena and also of Merlin, revealing sacred truths.) When this card chooses you, you are at the advent of illumination and transformation.

THE JOURNEY: In a meditative state, imagine that you have shape-shifted into an owl and that you are soaring silently through the night. Your ability to see, even in darkness, is remarkable. This corresponds with your ability to see the truth even in murky situation in life.

Native Spirit Oracle by author Denise Lynn and artist Charles McStravick

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Drumming has always been one of my favorite ways to ground and also build energy. It’s so primal to our nature – we would even beat on our chests or slap our thighs to drum a rhythm that builds power and community. Today is a day to use that kind of power for a good purpose.

Blessings and have a lovely weekend, everyone!

Thistle

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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Thank you for the continued patience with my inconsistent posting. Yesterday was a treatment day, and they had moved up the time from the normal 10 a.m., so I didn’t get to the card in time.

But TODAY we have this lovely card that reminds us to have gratitude for what we have and what we are. We are enough, even if we aren’t quite where we want to be. Remember that while we can give offerings in many ways, we also might be a gift to someone in ways we don’t realize. Like attracts like, so think about what you are putting out there.

Blessings!

Thistle

Meaning: The Universe is grateful for you! You are a gift to the world. Feel gratitude for everything in your life, even the things that don’t seem perfect. Appreciation for everything flows through you in a great bounty. Cherish the preciousness of life and everyone and everything around you, and thus you will be cherished.

Native Spirit Guide: Every native culture throughout history has made offerings, often on a daily basis. Offerings were made to the Sun, the Earth, the plants and animals, and to everything in Creation. The offerings varied culture to culture, but they were always made with a feeling of extreme appreciation for the bounty of life. Gratitude was the secret to a joy-filled life. True thankfulness can work like modern-day alchemy in your life, yielding happiness and peace beyond imagination. And it’s simple: Find what’s good and wonderful in every moment. No matter what’s happening around you, there’s always something to be grateful for. Whatever you appreciate in life will grow, so discover what you’re thankful for – even the people and situations you’ve found challenging – and watch miracles unfold.

The Journey: As a suggestion, make an offering to whatever nurtures your soul. If you’re nurtured by a particular place in nature, for example, you might consider leaving fruit at the base of a tree for the animals in that area to give thanks for beauty that is there.

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I feel this card’s message intently today (been struggling with some of my leadership roles) but Elder is here to tell us we are not alone and to keep going.

Blessings!

Thistle

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 if there’s anyone you need to support or make amends with, this is the time.

Native Spirit Oracle by author Denise Linn and artist Charles McStravick

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Today, take time to attend to your own healing and energizing. Tap into nature, creativity, meditation, or whatever helps you address your wounds.

Blessings!

Thistle

Medicine Man/Medicine Woman

Meaning: Profound inner and outer healing is occurring. You’re a natural healer. You’re on the mend and/or a situation is being resolved. Have faith that it’s happening. You are a sacred healer; you are a medicine woman/medicine man of the soul.

Native Spirit Wisdom: Every indigenous culture has a tradition of healers. Depending on the culture, they’re called medicine men or women, shamans, tohungas, kahunas, sangomas, curanderos, or root workers, among others. In every tradition, they’re the individuals who are able to step between worlds to gain information, wisdom and healing energies from their spirit allies. When this card chooses you, you’re at the advent of healing emotional, physical, and mental wounds. Additionally, a powerful healing force is activating within you.

The Journey: Nature is one of our greatest healers, so spend time with the trees, soak up the rays of the sun, and dance in the rain. Everything in nature has the intrinsic ability to restore itself. You’re a part of the natural world, so you also have this innate ability. Often healing needs to occur on the inner planes before it can manifest on the outside. To assist this process, focus on what’s great and let go of what isn’t working. Hold a vision of the solution that you desire, be patient, ant trust that recovery is occurring in its own time and way.

Native Spirit Oracle by author Denise Linn and artist Charles McStravick

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Who’s ready for some vitality to enter their life? I am! Remember that gratitude is a great practice for wakening the things this card discusses.

Blessings!

Thistle

Grandfather Sky

Meaning: This is your time to reach for the sky! Expansive energy, vitality, health, healing, and passion – these qualities are expanding in your life. The sky’s the limit. You are a healer and a channel for the life force of the Universe. Your ability to sense energy fields is increasing dramatically. Be prepared to soar to new heights.

Native Spirit Wisdom: When you receive the Grandfather Sky card, you’re entering into an expansive cycle. Do not hold back and repress what you feel; your body and spirit will become drained. If you strive to meet everyone’s expectations, but forget to honor your own needs, your energy field becomes dull. If you allow your emotions and needs the freedom to be spontaneously expressed, waves of incredible energy will expand inside of you. Running on your own resources, it’s easy to become drained; however, letting the divine light of the Creator flow through you easily replenishes your Soul.

The Journey: To deepen your connection to Grandfather Sky and bring an expansive energy into your life, stand outdoors with your arms reaching out to the sky. One of the fastest ways to bring joy and bounty into your life is through gratitude. Allow thankfulness to surge through you up into the heavens.

Native Spirit Wisdom by author Denise Linn and artist Charles McStravick

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Sorry, I had to highlight a word little used in this card’s description! Dross can mean several things, such as waste, impurities, or something that is trivial or inferior. There’s a lot of stuff like that thrown at us on a daily basis, so it can be difficult to cut that down in our lives to focus on what we really need. But transformation lies there if we can do it.

Blessings!

Thistle

SPIRIT KEEPER OF THE WEST

MEANING: Transformation. Letting go of the old. Initiation and illumination. Harvest. Gather your inner resources. If it doesn’t feel right, don’t go ahead. Trust your heart. Chaos comes out of turmoil; don’t be concerned if there’s confusion in your life. It will all work out.

NATIVE SPIRIT WISDOM: In the medicine wheel, the west is the direction that symbolizes the fiery setting sun, autumn, the waning moon and the time of harvest, and the tumultuous years of teenagers in the human cycle. Out of the chaos arise illumination and transformation. In order for the new to ignite in your life, it’s necessary to let go of the old. Sweep away the debris. The Spirit Keeper of the West reminds us to slow down our rapid growth – and harvest what we have attained. In the autumn, leaves are burned to make way for new growth. Release the dross in your life to make way for new growth.

THE JOURNEY: Stand facing the west and the setting sun. Imagine that all limitations and blockages in your life are flowing from your heart into the sun; as the sun sets, it carries with it your cares and concerns to be transformed by its purifying energy.

Native Spirit Oracle by author Denise Linn and artist Charles McStravick

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It’s Monday, and today’s card suggests some caution or preparation before making a big move or revealing something. Perhaps you need to literally take some steps to protect yourself energetically – or maybe something a little more mundane is needed to prepare. Whatever it is, slow down and consider it.

Blessings!

Thistle

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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Earlier this week, there was a lot of friction in some local groups, and I feel like I followed this card’s instructions yesterday. Perhaps another day of centering and restoring the energy is a good idea. Hopefully, this speaks to those outside my little neck of the woods.

Blessings!

Thistle

Sacred Mountain

Meaning: Be still and take time to move into the silent place within yourself. Locate your internal source of power. Meditate and wait. Do not move forward until it feels right. Surrender to stillness. Do not take action. If you observe, rather than react, you claim your power.

Native Spirit Wisdom: From the vantage point of the sacred mountain, your power grows. In the silence you find your secret witness. It is the dwelling place of your soul. In peace, seek and discover your truth. Move past the bustle and clutter of life into sweet quietude. If you are in pain, don’t lash out; go into it until you find the source of that and healed. Resist the temptation to indulge in feelings of stress, urgency, and emergency. Your power is born in silence. This peace gives birth to your serenity. Seek solitude to listen to the voice of your higher self and awaken your inner wisdom.

The Journey: Travel to the peaks of hallowed mountains, and if you can’t do this in person, travel in your meditation. Imagine yourself atop a high peak and you can see the world in all directions. Give thanks and offerings to mountains, whenever you encounter them. The spirit of the mountain will deeply appreciate your gift.

Native Spirit Oracle by author Denise Linn and artist Charles McStravick

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It can be hard to make a change and take a risk, but sometimes it’s required to grow and be where you want and need to be. Today is a good day to start making that change.

Blessings and have a good weekend!

Thistle

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 with than 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 Denise Lynn, art by Charles McStravick.

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