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For the end of the week, I reached for the gorgeous Spirit Animal Oracle and it didn’t disappoint. So many of us have been living on the surface level – understandable enough as that is the survival level – for quite a while. Perhaps this weekend is time to dig dip and touch the deep spirit within yourself and the world. How are you supposed to be coming out of this time? What changed and does it change your direction?


Swan Spirit – Time for a Deep Dive

Message: With their graceful, long necks, swans are able to reach into the depths. When Swan Spirit arrives, you are called to take a deep dive, beyond what is easily availing on the surface. You may think you know what is best for you now, but take the plunge to the depths of your awareness, for there is knowledge you are not aware of and great treasures to discover. Deeper understanding awaits you, and a perspective that comes from greater self-knowledge is what you need right now to better understand a situation or relationship.

As you come to know yourself more intimately, so too will you come to better know others, so Swan Spirit asks you to go behind the surface of what is happening between you and others and resist the temptation to judge by superficial appearances. Know there is much deeper potential for loving connections, forgiveness, and mutual understanding.  Choose to dive deep, into your Why. Asking the deeper questions of yourself, you are led by the grace of Swan Spirit.

Protection Message: Don’t talk yourself into diving deep into something just because you see the potential of things instead of what they really are now. The necessary work and patience involved may not be the best use of your energy. Have you seen the potential in someone and think that if you love and support them, they will become the person who knows you love them beyond all others? Have you stepped into an opportunity that you know feels too good to be true and might not turn out the way you hope?

Now is not a time for selective, limited perception that can lead to misjudgment. Instead, this is a time for going deep and being honest about what you find as you explore the depths. Have no fear, for whatever you find below will help you love and understand yourself and others, and make better choices. Can you sense Swan Spirit calling you to dive deep and resurface to choose again?

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

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Happy Thursday, everyone! Today, we have this cute little pig to remind us to use our intelligence with our intuition as well as to not overthink things.

Pig Spirit – Use Your Mind Wisely

Message: Pig Spirit appears to remind you of the right use of intelligence, a gift we all have that is meant to be used with love, compassion, and discernment. Intelligence means recognizing the value of intuition partnered with smarts and common sense, which leads to intelligent solutions. When Pig appears, you are called to respect your analytical mind and use it for the highest good, recognizing that all facts must be considered even when they do not fit what you know already.

Spirit blesses us with wisdom when we allow Pig Spirit to nudge us into open-minded, thoughtful dialogues, whether with others or internally as we mull over our ideas and what we have come to understand. You are intelligent and capable of clear-minded thinking shaped by the wisdom you have accumulated and the intuition that will tell you when you have more learning to do because not all facts are in. Now is a time that your decision-making powers are reliable, for you are in alignment with Pig Spirit’s keen intelligence.

Protection Message: Are you ruminating, turning thoughts around and around in your head but not getting nearer to a decision or solution? Pig Spirit is here to protect you from “analysis paralysis”! Let your mind rest now and allow your intelligence to mingle with the mysteries of intuitive guidance, releasing your tight hold on acts and unsolved puzzles, whether it be a relationship or an other aspect of your life.

In fact, now might be a good time to think about something else altogether and release your grip on needing to know. When your thought processes are muddied by fear and anxiety, allow Pig Spirit to lead you back to the right use of your natural intelligence. Take a break, relax and release that ball of worry. Soon the smart choice will become clear to you. More facts may be needed, more digging for information and more questioning; when seeking to learn more, enjoy the process of using your thinking prowess. All the elements of your intelligence are reliably guiding you now once you’ve given your mind a rest.

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

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Happy Friday, everyone! May your weekend be what you need. Personally, I plan to balance mine among spring cleaning, reading, and walks.

Today, two cards were strong, but the Nightingale a bit more so. So, if Koi Fish Spirit and its message of abundance and finding what you need is what works for you today, focus on that one instead.

The nightingale has long been associated with the wisdom of joy and light, even being featured in the 12th century debate poem, The Owl and the Nightingale. She is here today to tell us there is hope and a way through the darkness.


Nightingale – Love is all around

Message: In the darkness of night, Nightingale spirit sings her song of love and hope, a harbinger of dawn to remind you that the sun will rise again soon. You are so loved, and the illumination song of the Nightingale calls you to a new level of self-awareness and connection with the Light. Yes, there is shadow and darkness, but love and prosperity exist everywhere, even in the seeming emptiness of space, darkness, and a starless night. Hearken to the message, letting the music of the Nightingale’s song remind you that love is all around. Feel it and trust in tomorrow’s light renewing your ability to recognize that the spaces that appear empty are filled with love and abundance. Illumination will happen soon.

Protection Message: The darker the skies, the more it seems the dawn will never appear, but Nightingale Spirit is here to remind you that the sun will shine again. You will soon feel the love and notice the abundance that surrounds you. Sing now – put on some music or simply sing in the empty space, for finding the light within and giving it voice will give rise to hope and help you begin to hear the call of another who, like you, was beginning to fear the light would never come. Bring the light into the darkness with love from within. Give it voice and know that daybreak will be here soon.

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

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Those who know me well know these critters are some of my favorite animals. I swear that’s not why it was picked!

Friendships are a vital part of life. So even at times when we still cannot interact the way we prefer to, we must use other ways to maintain or develop these connections. For many of us, the weather is warming – perhaps meet a friend in the park? While digital devices can be a terrible distraction, they can also help keep us connected to those we care about – a quick text, photo, or phone call are ways to connect and let people know you are thinking of them. Consider these thing as we head into the weekend.


Otter Spirit – You are never alone

Message: Like true friends, otters nurture each other and express their affection through touch. Actions such as holding hands and giving hugs offer reassurance that we are never really alone and that we are always cherished; Otter Spirit has appeared to remind you to experience and express friendship in a tangible and event tactile way. Communicate with your voice, your facial expressions, your gestures, and your actions, letting your love express itself beyond just the words you speak. Otter’s message is that presence matters, so remember to be fully present with those you care about, helping them sense the love and affection and appreciation you have for them.

Now is a time for a joyful celebration of the love in your life that expresses as friendship and companionship. Hug someone or simply look into their eyes with your full attention, saying, “I care. You matter.” Make time for friendship. Otter Spirit promised that the moment you reach out, you will remember that you too have many who love and are about you. You are never alone, and you are always loved.

Protection Message: Have you been channeling all your affection to just one person or counting on only one friend or individual to hold you up, headless of your resources all around you? You deserve support and love from many people, and when Otter Spirit arrives, you are reminded that you have a community. Somewhere is another friend who wants to experience the joy of giving to you and seeing your happiness as you receive their gift of attention, affection, and kindness. Otter wants you to open your eyes to the love that is available too you from all directions. Do you believe it? Do you feel it? Reach out to someone, and you will see that they want to hold your hand as much as you want to hold theirs. Love, support, and friendship are available to you, so connect with community and friends.

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

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This card always reminds me of our family story when my two old sisters were christened. My oldest sister was about 18 months or so and was already talking more than one would expect – and picking up words my Mom didn’t realize. My mother’s favorite curse words was “son of a bitch,” just FYI. As the minister sprinkled the water on my sister’s head, she glared at him with her black eyes and said, “sum bit.” It wasn’t exactly right, but close enough so the minister looked at my mom and raised an eyebrow.

After that, mom’s favorite phrase was “son of a dirty dog.”

In other words, we should always consider what we say – even more so now that we like to say so much in the digital realm where words truly never go away. Sometimes we can get on a negative streak and not even realize how much harshness we are spewing – sometimes even to ourselves. While we don’t have to gush and be yes-folks, we can speak our minds with humbleness and consideration.

Parrot Spirit – Watch Your Words

Message: What are you saying to yourself? What message are your repeating? Is it something that makes you feel good about yourself and reminds you f your strengths and potential? Parrots mimic the sounds around them, and when Parrot Spirit appears, it is time to be more mindful of your self-talk and its qualities. What do you say to others? Are you repeating what you truly believe?

Remembering to speak with light and love can become a habit. Be generous with compliments and thanks, affirming all that is good so that your loving, healing words will be heard throughout the jungle, cutting through the noise and inspiring others. Listen for the words that remind you of all the strength, abundance, and joy in your life and in the world around you, and then repeat them, affirming what is real, true, and nurturing to the soul.

The universe will reflect back to you the story you tell. Words matter, so choose ones that life you up and inspire others to remember that beauty surrounds us.

Protection Message: Are you aware of what you’re saying to yourself and others? Parrot Spirit shows up as a reminder to heed the words that flow from your mouth, your pen, and your keyboard. Be mindful of the beliefs you have internalized. Are they what you choose to believe? Are you communicating with integrity? Parrot Spirit wants you to listen to what you say and your motives for saying it.

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

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This card is perfect for folks in my area – there’s a limit to the work that can be done in -4 F degrees! I know northern folks are accustomed to those kind of temps but in southeast Kansas it is definitely rare. Brown Bear is here today to relax, consider, and plan and wait to work or take action for a day or two. It is better to act with intention than simply reacting.

Also, I’m working with a new deck, The Herbcrafter’s Tarot, so look for a review soon as well as seeing them in the daily card mix.

Happy Monday!

Brown Bear Spirit – Take Time Out

Message: There is a time to act and a time to focus your attention on patient strategizing. The arrival of Brown Bear Spirit signals that you are best served by foregoing hard work toward your goals at this moment and instead taking the time out to meditate – or just take a nap so you can refresh yourself and begin planning what you want to co-create next. Come to know the lay of the land as you contemplate and imagine what you might do in this vast space of possibility before you, and begin forming a plan. Remember, sleep allows for dreaming and rest allows for clear-headed strategizing.

How might you become the person you wish to be and experience whatever your heart desires? Insights will arise as you explore the possibilities and begin envisioning your plan. Knowing what you want will ensure you use your energy wisely in the days ahead. Be patient at this time. Relax and be calm and peaceful so you can recharge. The call for action will come later.

Protection Message: When you become so frazzled that you can’t decide how to move forward, Brown Bear arrives to remind you to let go of your impatience in getting to answers and solving the problems that face you. Now is the time for rest and meditation. Take a break, let insights arise, and know that you have plenty of time to make plans.

Brown Bear Spirit reminds you that sometimes the best and most effective action is inaction, allowing the situation around you to reveal itself to you so you can better understand it. Remember that what is yours will never be withheld from you, so you really can relax and wait until the next right action is revealed. Miracles come from out of nowhere, and yours will arrive on Great Spirit’s timetable.

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

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Sometimes we need to get busy in a different way to receive the blessings we seek. Are you busy doing the same unsuccessful things over and over? Do you not work well with others? Do you not value yourself enough and allow others to walk over you? Carefully look at where you want to be and what rewards in life you seek, then look closely at how you are trying to achieve that. Sometimes even a little tweak can make a big difference, and self-awareness is key.

Have a great week!

Bee Spirit – Sweet results await

Message: The Bee Spirit’s message is that sweet rewards are on their way if you are willing to get your ego out of the way and immerse yourself in the connected energy of all things. Bee Spirit knows not to let a sense of being a separate self get in the way of a good thing. Spirit is always producing honey; miracles and magic are everywhere. When you connect with the Great Hive, you are vibrating and buzzing in exquisite harmony with all. Bee asks that you focus on connectivity.

Your body, heart, soul, and psyche experience total interconnectedness and a true integration when you “self-forget”: when you remember that you are part of a greater unified consciousness.

Moving from separation into connection, from self-centered limitation to Spirit-centered infinite possibility and potential, you become busy as a bee, enjoying the gifts of Bee Spirit. Fully in alignment with your highest expression of yourself, your heart opens and creativity rushes through you seemingly without effort as you experience that nothing feels like work. Industriousness is driven by enthusiasm and inner motivation, and time seems to fly by quickly as the hive supports you in the making of honey. Do you feel the presence of your helpers in the hidden realms adding their energy to your creations?

Magical results are taking form and will be sweeter than you expect. Bee Spirit wants you to remember that your part in the divine partnership with the Conscious Universe is being rewarded even if you can’t see that yet, and asks that you share your good fortune as there is plenty of honey for all. Be a part of the larger whole, the force that brings forth all that is sweet and delightful.

Protection Message: When Bee Spirit comes as your protector, she asks you to be very honest with yourself. Do you want to taste the sweet honey others have been making but you believe is unattainable for you? Do you wonder how others ended up with so much magical honey when you seem to have none? Have you bought into the illusion of separation and become convinced that you can’t have what others in the hive enjoy? Do you separate from the hive to do it all on your own or to hoard what honey you have, unwilling to trust that there is plenty of support and plenty of sweetness to go around?

If you have been overworking and overdoing and have not given yourself any time to enjoy the sweetness of your life, Bee Spirit is telling you to stop and recharge. Perhaps you’re afraid that if you don’t get something done, it just won’t get done. However, even busy bees need to take a break, and when you do, the honey still gets made. So remind yourself that sweetness is everywhere and available to you always when you need it.

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

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“Coyote came and some to me, he said, ‘Get used to your destiny.'” – Nahko and Medicine for the People

Coyotes often get a bad rap in our culture, seen as a problem to farmers, ranchers, and even nature-loving people are off put by them. The truth is that they are important to our ecological system, especially when so many other natural predators have not fared well, and are incredibly adaptive creatures. We could take a lesson from them about adapting our desires and wishes to go with the flow, instead of insisting that our plans hinge on things unfolding exactly as we imagine them. That rarely happens.

Here’s to a good Monday and a better 2021 – and I feel that Coyote was the perfect choice to kick off this year’s card of the day. Blessings!

Coyote Spirit – Trust in Divine Detours

Meaning: Do you find that you are being led on a strange detour in your life right now? Does it seem that what appears to be the next right action and the right choice, best situation, or fabulous relationship unexpectedly turns into the opposite – or just disappears into thin air, as if you’ve been tricked? Coyote Spirit’s trickster energy is designed to bring you into situations to teach you lessons you have forgotten to learn. Perhaps you need a taste of failure before you experience success, a need to feel disappointment before you can truly appreciate the joy, love, and prosperity that is coming up for you. Perhaps you are revisiting a pattern you forgot wasn’t in alignment with the life you are intending to co-create, being reminded that gratitude, not complacency, will keep you awake and aware of all that is available to you in this moment.

Coyote Spirit reminds you to laugh about the unexpected twists, to develop humility and gratitude while releasing your attachments to the form of your desires. Even when you suddenly find yourself on a detour, wondering when you will get back on track to manifesting what you desire, remember that Spirit has a plan and wanted the best for you. Trust in divine order now. Coyote Spirits is a divine helper; no matter what seems to go astray, things are exactly as they are supposed to be.

Protection Message: Sometimes, a goal is so enticing and alluring that you lose your footing in the pursuit. You being to fixate on capturing this prize, whether it be an opportunity you have always wanted, a relationship with that elusive someone, or the promise of the big break. Coyote Spirit warns you that this trickster energy seducing you now will yield nothing but disappointment and unnecessary heartache if you let yourself be fooled. Great Spirit wants the best for you, so when your plans go topsy turvy, know that Coyote is present to protect and bless you. Listen to her gently warning not to take the world too seriously or become too attached to the form and timing of your desire. Something better is beckoning. If you learn your lesson and lighten your heart, it will not be long before you see that crooked though the path may have been, you were on the right one all along.

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

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I’ve had this deck almost two years, but this is the first time this beauty has been the card of the day. It’s a solid one, reminding us to balance strength with compassion.


Stag Spirit – Take the Lead

Message: Whether or not you have set your intention to lead, you may have found yourself suddenly called to step up to the forefront of your life. Stag Spirit is a reminder that now is a time to heed the call to be sure, strong, and compassionate. Others will look to you, and you have it within you to see through the eyes of Stag Spirit and walk with confidence as you take on responsibilities that are yours now and model integrity in all that you do and in all your relationships. Be willing to see the best in others so that your compassionate heart keeps you on the right path.

Stag Spirit wants you to know that your responsibilities now are to yourself too, for you are learning and developing new skills. The best in your is coming into view as you step forward with strength, knowing that Spirit supports you as you compassionately take the lead. You are a model for transformation now, sharing your experience, strength, and hope with others so they may grow and discover their best selves too. What a gift you are. Stay humble and authentic, and walk your talk, for this how a wise leader leads.

Protection Message: Others may not be as far along as you are on your journey. When Stag Spirit appears in the protection position, you are called to be compassionate and patient as you find yourself leading the way. When others struggle to follow you, they may be unsure that you can be trusted, challenging you to be kind and strong, challenging your value and questioning your worth. Know that Spirit has put you in this place at this time for a purpose and will not abandon you when you need help with your new responsibilities.

Or perhaps you are actually uncomfortable leading, maybe temporarily trapped by your small self and therefore promoting yourself too strongly, afraid that others might see weakness or imperfection in you. Let go of your fears, and let Stag Spirit remind you that you have what it takes to lead wisely and ethically if you practice self-honestly and listen to others who wish to support you.

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

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I feel lately as if every card speaks to the chaos and strife in the world and how we should counter it. Well, here we go again. Remember that even though the world has been showing its hateful side, we do not have to face it with hate. And by no means should you fall into the trap of hating yourself. If you have shame or sadness for not being better, move on and focus on how to be better.


Message: With her peaceful cooing, the gentle Dove Spirit invites you to embrace the energy of peace and allow compassion to warm your heart. ou always have the power to generate peace within you, and the appearance of Dove Spirit is a reminder that today and every day is a good day to meditate, to quiet any turbulence within as you embody tranquility.

Above, below, and all around you, much may be happening to distract you, but you are called to engage it with the heart of a peacemaker, asking yourself, “What would Peace do?” Can you agree to disagree?

The peace you seek rises within and spreads out into the world as Spirit sends her messenger to remind you of the beauty of a harmonious existence with all that is. How beautiful and powerful is your compassionate heart!

Protection Message: However disturbed the waters are around you, however your troubled heart, Dove Spirit is there to remind you that peace without begins within as you reconnect with Spirit through practices the awaken you from spiritual amnesia. Your true nature is as a peaceful child of Spirit. Soon, the waters will become still and you will feel peace again. Be compassionate with yourself at this time, for all of us can forget that peace is always at hand, always there, gifted to us by Spirit. Become the peace you wish to see in the world so you can reduce any suffering, performing acts of kindness and radiating love.

Dove Spirit also reminds you that when you see inequity or someone harmed or in need, trust that you have the capacity to bring peace through smiling, sending love, speaking a kind word, and listening with a compassionate heart. Do your part to be a peacemaker, nourishing compassion, reminding others of the joy of harmonious co-existence so that they may embrace the Dove Spirit within themselves too.

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

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