The last couple weeks have been kind of hectic for me. I’ve recently taken on a second store for my work as a book/magazine merchandiser, and it is proving to be rather tiring (Sure hoping that I get used to the new activity level soon). Top it off with a whole lot of social commitments (including a Mediumship class I’m taking), days that have been gloomy & rainy, and a whopper of a Mercury Retrograde, and I have been struggling to keep my Zen. LOL
As rough as it’s felt though, I just keep on keepin’ on. It’s really the only way. On a good day, I like to do it with a bit of humor and even a bit of a song. I also occasionally perk myself up by lovingly annoying a friend…Soooo, yeah, you could say that I get through the craptastic days off my life by channeling a little blue Disney fish that we all know and love: DORY! 😀
It helps to sing the song too…seriously! If your day has been particularly long and exhausting, and the world is getting on your last nerve, singing Dory’s silly little song works a special kind of Magick on your soul.
Today I decided to play with a different deck. It’s one I’ve had for a few years, but never really pulled it out…it seems as though today is the day. 🙂
Divination Method: Magic of Numbers Oracle
Card(s) Drawn: 32, 14, 24
Key Word(s): (32) Growth, (14) Moderation, (24) Completion
This coming week the time is right to take a step forward. 32 tells us that we can do this by sharing and delegating our tasks…just be sure not to step on anyone’s toes in the process.
Things will go smoother if you stay positive and good-natured. It’s good to want to achieve your goals, but 14 tells us that now is the time for patience, and adaptability. Don’t let your ambition get out of control, as that will surely lead to that stepping on toes thing you should be avoiding. 😉
When all is said and done, if you heed the advice of 32 & 14, you’ll simply need to put the finishing touches in place, and VIOLA! You shall be greatly satisfied by your accomplishment(s).
This week’s post will be quick, because Mercury being retrograde has made my technology very temperamental, and I don’t want to risk writing a long post just to have the laptop freeze or internet crash…SO, let’s get to it, shall we??
If you’ve every seen the Iconic 1983 cult movie sensation The Outsiders, based on the S.E. Hinton novel of the same name, then you have heard my favorite Robert Frost poem. Here it is to refresh your memory:
It’s lovely, and simple…and it’s full of bittersweet wisdom. I always liked how Johnny Cade reflected on the poem after hearing Ponyboy recite it…but, I guess when you’re stranded in the burn unit with a broken back you’ve got a lot of time to think. He explains the important message held within Frost’s words in his final letter to Pony. In it he says:
“I’ve been thinking about it, and that poem, that guy that wrote it, he meant you’re gold when you’re a kid, like green. When you’re a kid everything’s new, dawn. It’s just when you get used to everything that it’s day. Like the way you dig sunsets, Pony. That’s gold. Keep that way, it’s a good way to be.”
So, that’s it. Stay Gold, everyone…it’s a good way to be.
So, I picked up my cards this morning and was shuffling away and a card fell out. I think “Ok, so I guess this is the one”. I place it on my little cloth and then….the nudge. Gotta pull a second card because, as you know, you just don’t ignore the nudge. I placed the second card next to the first, and it all made sense (to me at least 😉 ).
Divination Method: The Secret Language of Animals Oracle Cards
Card(s) Drawn: Lotus Blue Butterfly, Tree Frog
Key Word(s): Transformation, Becoming, Lightness, Beauty
Soul Song, Meditation, Creation, Rebirth
My Interpretation: There’s a big emphasis on inner reflection and meditation for this coming week. This isn’t really a surprise to me, as we are currently in the middle of a Mercury Retrograde, and this is generally a time when this type of work is beneficial…not only to our own personal & spiritual development, but to surviving the retrograde period relatively unscathed.
While both the Butterfly & the Tree Frog represent a metamorphosis, they approach it from different angles. Here’s what I mean (and the order of the draw comes into play here). Butterfly is emerging from her chrysalis after having undergone a profound change. She approaches it’s newness with an outward expression of joy and lightness; flitting about in the sunshine, and drinking in the beauty of the flowers from which she draws nourishment. Frog does a lot of deep breathing…perhaps looking within to contemplate the many stages of Creation that he has undergone in his life. He connects with the rhythms of Nature through his breath, and begins to chirp his Soul Song in unison – not only with the other frogs, but also with Gaia Herself.
So what does this mean for us? Well, it means that we’ve all been through a lot. We’re not the person we once were, in one way or another….and THAT’S OK! We’re here, we’ve survived and we should flit about and be joyful, and light, and take in the beauty of the Universe. That being said, it’s also time to reflect on our transformations (past, present, and future). Connect with your inner self, and connect that with Nature…BREATHE. Sing your own soul song…whatever it may be, and when Mercury Retro gets in your way, BREATHE. You also may want to do something else the amazing little Tree Frog does…it hangs on tight! (Those little guys have remarkably useful suction cups on their feet that stick to pretty much anything!).
Basically, be thankful that you’ve survived life thus far, and know that if you play your cards right, you’ll continue to thrive…and can continue on your unique journey to being even MORE awesome than you were yesterday.
This weeks bit of wisdom is something I have placed in my own Book of Shadows. It spoke to me when I found it, and I do my best to live by these words.
I do not know who originally penned it…I’ve seen it in SO many places around the internet, each time without it being attributed to anyone.
While this tells us to embrace and emulate all aspects of the Goddess in our daily lives, it is not just speaking to the ladies among us… It means you too, gents! So, let’s break it down and see what it’s telling us.
Dance Like The Maiden: Channel your Inner Child and remember to PLAY. Sing, Dance, and skip about every now and then (Y’know…like no one is watching…even if they are).
Laugh Like The Mother: Don’t take yourself, or any given situation too seriously. Life is too short to spend it miserable, so keep your sense of humor intact and make the best out of every situation.
Think Like The Crone: Use your head, and try not to act rashly. Also remember that you are a Child of The Goddess and are therefore worthy of the same level of respect as any other person (or creature). While you are entitled to respect, including self-respect, you should also remember to conduct yourself with dignity and grace.
Yes, you CAN be dignified while dancing about and laughing…it’s all about balance people!
Divination Method: The Goddess Guidance Oracle
Card(s) Drawn: Pele
Key Word(s): Divine Passion
Basic Message: “Be honest with yourself: What is your heart’s true desire?”
My Interpretation: Pele is the Hawaiian Goddess of fire, lightning, and volcanoes. Her fiery disposition may frighten some, but her realm is that of Passion & Change. She is known as “She who shapes the sacred land”, and this is evident by the ever-changing landscape of the Hawaiian Islands, which were formed and re-shaped by her abundant lava flows.
So, what does this mean for you? Well, Pele’s vibe is a primal one. She is literally one with the ebbs and flows of nature, and her message is one of burning away the excess…burying the old (as lava does)…and following the flow of your passion to your heart’s desire.
You’re desires have been lying dormant long enough…they have built up, and will no longer stand to be kept bottled up. It is time to connect with your inner most desires and do what is needed to make them a reality. Do not continue to put your needs aside for the sake of others, for the longer you wait, the more violent the eruption will be when your needs can wait no more.
Things to ponder during the coming week: Does your career match your passions? Is there a class you wish to take? Is there a hobby you wish to pursue? Is the rhythm of your life in sync with the inner rhythms of yourself? Where do you want to go? Who do you want to spend time with? What do you want to do? And then there’s this quote from an adorably cheesy Tom Hanks movie, Joe Versus the Volcano:
So, are you awake? Or are you asleep?
Now is the time to figure it out. Figure out what you want, what you need, and make the necessary changes. Change can be scary…and sometimes it can be quite disruptive….but the end results are often beautiful, especially when they occur to because we have aligned the sacred drum-beat of our souls with that of the primal rhythms of the Universe…those kinds of changes ultimately bring us peace…and constant amazement.
I saw something on Pinterest yesterday that really jumped out at me. It said “Forgive them even if they’re not sorry”. It seems I needed the reminder. It’s difficult though…forgiving someone can sometimes feel like defeat, especially if the offending party has no remorse for whatever it is that they’ve done or said (or NOT done or said). However, the truth of the matter is, you don’t forgive for the sake of others…you forgive for the sake of yourself.
Sometimes it’s an exercise in compassion (See Giles Quote from the Buffy-verse below). If you take the time to learn the reasons or circumstances that have led the person to behave or act in a certain manner…if you can at least see the situation from their point of view, it may not change your opinion about the terribleness of said deed, but if you can at least understand what brought them to that course of action, it is easier to forgive them and let it go.
To forgive is an act of compassion…it’s not done because people deserve it, it’s done because they need it.”
RUPERT GILES, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Grudges do not serve those who hold them, they poison the soul. They take hold and breed distrust and insecurities about ourselves and others. Seriously, who the hell needs that?!?! Nobody says you have to stay friends, or in a relationship, or talk to whomever it is that hurt you…deciding that has nothing to do with forgiveness, that’s a separate matter. Forgiving them lightens the burden on your soul, thus allowing you to continue on and lead a happy life.
Think of it this way: Forgiveness doesn’t excuse what’s been done. Forgiveness prevents what’s been done from destroying your heart & soul.
This also applies to yourself. Did you totally screw something up? Lie to someone? Make a bad choice? Flub up a presentation or project? Well, guess what? I know you’re awesome and everything, but here’s a little secret: You’re also human. Aaaaand Now, I’m hearing Human League in my head: “I’m only human. Of flesh and blood I’m made. Human….born to make mistakes”. It’s sappy 80’s cheese, but I LOVE IT! Besides, they make a hugely valid point. We all make mistakes, so why dwell on them?
Forgiveness doesn’t mean being a doormat….because who says you have to hate someone forever?? Hopefully nobody, because that doesn’t do anybody any good.
I’ll leave you with this…a couple years ago I watched a talk His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama gave that was streamed live via the internet (don’t you just LOVE technology???). Anyway, during this talk, he said that forgiveness is not to accept the wrongdoing of others….and that retaining feelings of anger, hatred and stress do more harm to YOU than they do to those you are harboring them towards. Then he defined what forgiveness really is, and that definition will be my final word on the subject (for today, at least).
Divination Method: The Secret Language of Animals Oracle Cards
Card(s) Drawn: Air
Key Word(s): Thought, Alignment, Breath, Intention
My Interpretation: Air surrounds and connects us all…it is the invisible link between you and that special person in your life that lives far away, as well as someone you do not know. We cannot see it, and often forget about it, but we cannot live without it. It can fuel and extinguish Fire, create waves upon the Water that travel and crash upon distant shores, and carry seeds to where they shall take root and grow in the Earth. So, you see, for something that often goes unnoticed…Air is a pretty big freaking deal.
As Air is the realm of thought, communication, and the mind; we know that our focus for the coming week will also fall within this realm.
You know how when it’s remarkably hot and humid…no breeze at all, and you feel as though Air has become non-existent… Then, suddenly there is a rush of wind – just slightly cooler in temperature – that bursts through the trees, caresses your skin, fills your lungs, and somehow reinvigorates you?? Well, that’s what this is about.
A refreshing breeze is making it’s way through, and is inviting you to mindfully inhale deeply and take in the energy you need to reinvigorate yourself and to align your thoughts with your intentions.
Mindfulness is key here. Thinking is something we do all the time, often without notice…much like breathing. The brain runs all its processes whether we’re conscious of them or not. Breathing happens whether we’re conscious of it or not. Becoming mindful of both your thoughts AND your breathing, however, makes both much more fulfilling, meaningful, and productive. When we are mindful of our thoughts we become aware of the effect they are having on ourselves and others, as well as situations in our lives and the world around us.
Inhale the Breath of the Universe and follow it deep within…take a look at what you find and take note of what you like, what you don’t, and what you would like to change.
Thoughts are things, and we create and bring things to manifest with them every day. Are you manifesting what you need? Or are your thoughts betraying you, bringing about situations that are disruptive to your life? Call upon Air to guide your focus to the thoughts that will help you manifest your goals.
It is time to feed your mind with all that Air has to offer, decide what it is you want to create, and spend some time in the great outdoors. Be open and listen to the wind…breathe in the fresh air, and listen…listen to the messages that are being carried to you…listen and you may find something very special in the air: Clarity.
Clarity is a powerful gift that Air can bestow upon us.
With Clarity of Thought you truly have the power to…wait for it….
You didn’t really think you were getting out of here without being subjected to some pop-culture stuff and/or geekery….did ya?? 😉