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Go Ahead, Be a Weirdo #WednesdayWisdom #Pagan

If any of you are like me, then you’ve been looked at as kind of an oddball for most of your life. It hasn’t been an unpleasant thing (most of the time). My nearest and dearest family, friends, and co-workers have lovingly referred to me as weird, odd, goofy, unique, bonkers, crazy, unusual, etc., etc.. I don’t mind, because they’re entirely correct! LOL I’ve always had a different way of looking at things, and that just means that life with me is anything but boring. 😉

It also means that I’ve had more than one chance to reenact this scene from The Craft:

Nancy and the girls pushed the boundaries of weirdness til they burst, but being weird in and of itself is nothing to be ashamed of. There’s a quote I recently came across that perfectly describes why that is so.

Go Ahead, Be a Weirdo #WednesdayWisdom #Pagan

So go ahead, Be a Weirdo! Keep showing others how they can see things a bit differently. 🙂

Earth & Fire Are in the Air #ForesightFriday #Divination #Pagan #Tarot

Happy Friday, everyone! This week I have actually used a spread to forecast our week ahead. It’s not a huge one, but It felt right, so we’re gonna take a little look see and discover what we’ve got in store for us.

Divination Method: The Sacred Circle Tarot

Card(s) Drawn: 3 of Wands, Ace of Discs, Queen of Wands

Earth & Fire are in the Air #ForesightFriday #Divination #Tarot

Key Word(s): Foundation (3 of Wands), Abundance (Ace of Discs), Illumination (Queen of Wands)

My Interpretation: First let me explain the simple set up of this spread. Card 1 represents the Situation, Card 2 represents a Challenge, and Card 3 represents Advice to heed or Action to take regarding the 1st two cards.  Now, let’s get to it!

The Situation is found in the 3 of Wands. Things are basically good. The Fires of creation have been kind, and things have panned out as of late.  Because of this, there is a sound foundation to build upon for the future. Be sure to note, however, that even the strongest foundations require maintenance – so the hard work is not over. Be aware of things and and don’t be surprised if you’ve got to change things up a bit. The foundations that are best able to survive a shake-up are those that have the ability to be a bit flexible.

The Challenge is the Ace of Discs. It may sound odd that the Abundance card is seen as a challenge, but “Too much of a good thing” really is a thing. 😉 This card suggests that the energy for the coming week, much like Earth is ripe for nurturing creation and bearing the fruit of it. Whether that be the creation of financial opportunities, manifestations of artistic urges, the start of a passionate relationship, etc…. All of these things are awesome things. They are so awesome, in fact, that it can be easy to let ourselves get carried away in their super strong currents and lose sight of what is truly important. We must remain grounded in that foundation and not allow ourselves to be swept away and distracted by all “the shinies”.

Advice is found in the form of the Queen of Wands. To me, she embodies the qualities of the Goddess Brighid. She is Queen of the Hearth…Igniter of Passions…Source of Creativity…Protector of Loved Ones. She appears in this spread to remind us that while all of those things mentioned in the Challenge above are important (which is evident due to the fact that she represents them), it is also important to keep the Fires of the Spirit burning. She is here to lead by example. She shows us that it is possible to “have it all” if we maintain a balance by remaining anchored in our Spirit & Faith. Be true to yourself…and if things get out of hand, take a time out, go within and: Be Good to Yourself. (Yes…it’s time to cue Journey.)

The Three Bones #WednesdayWisdom

Good evening everyone! Hopefully you all had a wonderful Samhain, I know I did. It was a little damp here…but all festivities went on, and much Magick was made! 😀

But, that’s not what today is about, is it? It’s about what little nuggets of wisdom I can find and share with you. So let me tell you what I’ve found for today. I came across a quote from the ever-sassy Reba McEntire, and it absolutely resonated with me.

To succeed in life, you need three things:

a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.”

~ Reba McEntire

What makes these three things so important? Well, let’s break them down to see what each represents.

The Wishbone is our Hopes…our Dreams…our Magick!

The Backbone is our Strength…our Fortitude…our Gumption!

The Funny Bone is our Relief Valve…our Amusement…our Joy! 

Those are some pretty significant aspects of our lives encompassed in those Three Bones! So, keep dreaming. Stand up for yourself and for what you believe in. Most importantly, remember to not take yourself and life too seriously.

If things are getting you down…take some advice from the Monkees and LAUGH! 😉

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Your 2015 #Samhain Week Vibe #ForesightFriday #Divination

I felt the need to pull more than one card today…and from different decks. Not sure why, but hey, who the hell am I to question the nudges? So, let’s see what we’ve got going for us in the next week, shall we?

Divination Method: The Secret Language of Animals Oracle Cards & The Goddess Guidance Oracle

Card(s) Drawn: Koala & Abundantia

Your 2015 #Samhain Week Vibe #ForesightFriday #Divination

Key Word(s): (Koala) Calm, Perspective, Imagination, Ease (Abundantia) Prosperity

Affirmation (Animal Oracle): “I breathe deep with a warm smile and relax into the arms of the great Tree of Life. I feel peace, calm, and new possibility. I bring this wherever I go.”

Basic Message (Goddess Oracle): “The universe is pouring its abundance out to you. Be open to receiving.”

My Interpretation: First, let me just say that I’m liking these two cards together. It’s a nice vibe. It seems right to me that, although many will be having all sorts of raucous and crazy fun as they celebrate Halloween tomorrow (who am I kidding, most are already celebrating it, LOL), most of my readers will be celebrating Samhain. This involves a bit more reverence than revelry. As we honor our Ancestors, and/or commune with Spirit(s); we also welcome in a New Year, and all the possibilities that come with it, as the wheel turns once more to begin a new cycle.

Koala is kind of the ultimate example for the Witch. His Calm, Ease, and Perspective are the embodiment of “Soft of eye and light of touch, speak ye little, listen much” of the Wiccan Rede. He doesn’t push his ways on others, he leads and teaches by example. By doing so, he radiates these qualities, and becomes a catalyst to stirring the very same in those he comes in contact with.

His appearance here means the coming week should be one of calm, peaceful, reflection…be still and be open to the opportunities this new year will offer to us.

Now let’s throw Abundantia into this mix, and we see that these opportunities shall include abundance. I do not see this as financial abundance (sorry peeps!)…but more Energetic & Spiritual. Consider her as a bit of a booster for Koala’s energy in this week’s draw. Which, to me, means those of us who shall be celebrating Samhain in a Magickal sense, are in for some massive and powerful experiences. Do not be frightened or overcome by the energy and/or the encounters you may have. Be calm, retain your perspective, and receive the Abundant Gifts that are to be bestowed upon you.

Are You Afraid of the Dark? #WednesdayWisdom

As Samhain nears, there are a few themes that tend to recur to us witch type folks again and again: Death, Darkness, & the Unknown. Add the non-witchy folks and we add Fear to this list, as we’re then talking about Halloween, and peeps like to be scared silly for some reason (Yes, I know, a whole heap of witch-type folks are into the Scream Scene too).

Actually, I guess they all get lumped together on a regular basis though, don’t they? When it comes to Death, Darkness, & the Unknown, many of us tend to be fearful. Yet the reason for fearing the Dark and Death IS the Unknown. I was reminded of this as I started a little Harry Potter marathon, and started mulling over all of Dumbledore’s snippets of Wisdom.

Replace Fear with Curiosity #WednesdayWisdom #Pagan

Looking back on my own life so far, I can tell you that fear of the Unknown was always huge for me. This included Death. I would have ginormous panic attacks when I was supposed to embark on something new. Even when the something new was something that I had decided to try on my own.

Sometimes though, there was one thing that could manage to get me past the fear…and that was curiosity. If my desire to know the answer to something, or to know what this mystery thing does, or what it would feel like to do “X”, then I could somewhat easily manage to take a deep breath and just get to it. So, why is it that curiosity can so readily dispatch fear? Well, Author Alan Watts kinda nailed it when he said “By replacing fear of the unknown with curiosity we open ourselves up to an infinite stream of possibility.”

The possibilities are truly what does the trick! If you can think of, and focus on, even one awesomely terrific possibility…then why shouldn’t you go forth and brave the Unknown? Granted, you may want to be prepared for the journey…such as having a flashlight handy if you plan on exploring in the dark…a little protection for a romantic encounter…or other protective measures should you decide to commune with those residing across the veil, but journey you should. 🙂

“Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will.” 

James Stephens

These days I prefer to focus on the possibilities. The fear still whispers in my head every now and then, but I can usually shut it up pretty quick once I think of the good that could come from venturing into the Unknown…embracing the Darkness…and demystifying Death (it is merely another form of Life, after all).

So, if someone asks you “Are you afraid of the dark?”, hopefully you’ll be feeling confident enough to channel your inner Lauren Cooper and respond as such – just because it’s so much more fun that way!

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If I lost any of you along the way…or drifted away from my point, please forgive me. we had a kick-ass Blood Moon ritual last night, and I’ve been in a funky head space ever since. It’s a good head space, just a bit loopy and funky. lol 😉

A Rhiannon State of Mind #ForesightFriday

Divination Method: The Goddess Guidance Oracle

Card(s) Drawn: Rhiannon

A Rhiannon State of Mind #ForesightFriday

Key Word(s): Sorceress

Basic Message: “You are a magical person who can manifest your clear intentions into reality.”

My Interpretation: Rhiannon is so fitting for the week leading up to Samhain! She is a Welsh Goddess and that is mainly known for lovingly transporting the souls of the dead to the Otherworld. The lovely part of this, is that she stays with them to help them adjust to the ethereal portion of their life. She is a shape-shifter that can be called on to aid in spirit communication, help with transitions, artistic/creative endeavors, and to bring things to manifest.

So what does this mean for this week? For some it means that it’s time for your dreams to come true…for others, time to move your arse and MAKE your dreams come  true. It is also a time of transition, and dealing with the aftermath of recent ones. Are you noticing a little “two sides of the same coin” thing happening here? Well, that’s because this is the basic energy of this time of year. With the veil between worlds thinning, the lines between opposites are being blurred (life/death)…but also brought into focus (messages linking past/present, etc.).

So this week, tap into your Inner Sorceress (you too, fellas! 😉 ) and commune with the energy of Rhiannon. Here’s a little help from Stevie Nicks to get you into your Rhiannon State of Mind:

Endings Don't Really Exist #WednesdayWisdom #Pagan

Some of you may be confused by the title of this post, but as most of you awesome readers are pagans, I think you’ll get what I mean by this.

I like to look at endings as beginnings that’ve gotten a bad rap. Think about it. A birth is the beginning of life, but also the end of a pregnancy. Ends are simply transitions and/or transformations. We simply move on to another state of being. This holds true whether we are talking a change in careers, a change in marital status, or a change from corporeal life to ethereal life.

That’s something to keep in mind this time of year. Not only are we currently in the midst of a seasonal transition…but as Samhain approaches it becomes much easier to catch a glimpse at the ethereal side of life as the veil between this world and the next becomes quite thin.

You may also want to mull the concept over if you’re going through something that traditionally feels like an end. Examine the situation and find the positives. What new thing has (or could) come out of this “ending”? What opportunities await you as you embark on this new leg of your life’s journey?

The Pixie commands thee to find that silver lining!! lol

Anyway, here’s a few quotes to drive home what I’m talking about…the first one is the one that sparked this little Ramble Train. It’s a little something that was stated by the Master of Horror, and my favorite author, Stephen King! 😀

“Life is like a wheel. Sooner or later,

it always come around to where you started again.”

Stephen King

 

“Our life is an apprenticeship to the truth that around every circle another can be drawn; that there is no end in nature, but every end is a beginning, and under every deep a lower deep opens.” 

Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“The world is round and the place which may seem like the end

may also be the beginning.”

Ivy Baker Priest

This last one, including the photo, is mine. 😉

 Endings Don't Really Exist #WednesdayWisdom #Pagan

Go With the Flow 10/16/15 - 10/23/15 #ForesightFriday #Divination #Pagan

Divination Method: The Secret Language of Animals Oracle Cards

Card(s) Drawn: Dolphin

Go With the Flow #ForesightFriday #Divination #Pagan

Key Word(s): Joy, Light, Flow, Compassion

Affirmation: “I follow my bliss, knowing I am worthy to experience joy. Riding the waves of inspiration within me, I bring great joy and light into the world.”

My Interpretation: Firstly, let me say: OMG! DOLPHIN!!!!! OK, now that I’ve got that out of my system, let me say that this coming week has the potential to be pretty awesome…

Dolphins are playful, compassionate, full of exuberance, and just goes with the flow. It’s difficult to be down in the dumps when watching dolphins play in the water, they even look like they’re smiling. They go with the flow, but they do not go it alone. They are social creatures with a very strong sense of community. We know they are compassionate creatures, as there are countless tales of dolphins coming to the aid of humans in distress. While they are gentle and friendly, don’t let that smiling face fool ya, they will also mess you (or a shark) up if need be.

What I find interesting about this draw, is something many usually forget about dolphins. They essentially exist between worlds. They evolved from land mammals and developed the necessary physiology to allow them to survive & thrive in the depths of the sea; while continuing to breathe air into lungs and give birth to fully developed offspring. Think of it this way…the surface of the water is the “veil between worlds” and it is something they cross with ease. It is a part of their nature and adds to the depth of their character. Think about the depths of the sea as the Otherworld. Dolphins could survive as surface dwellers, yet they occasionally spend up to 20 minutes at a time below the surface.

Why do I find this interesting? Well, as we approach Samhain, the veil between the worlds is thinning, making it easier to communicate with those on the other side. Since Dolphins move between their 2 worlds with such ease…this could be a good week to start delving into the Spirit Side of Life, and begin working with your Ancestors in preparation for Samhain.

So, this is what I suggest you do this week:

~ Go with the flow

~ Connect with family (blood or chosen), friends, and that which brings you joy

~ Show compassion to others…but don’t forget to be compassionate with yourself as well

~ Honor your Ancestors

I shall leave you with this video I took while whale watching in California. It’s a pod of dolphins that came to swim along side the boat for a bit. It gets a bit manic in spots, and I recommend a low volume (there’s lots of wind noise, and I may have been a wee bit excited to be so close to one of my Totem Animals). Hopefully it’s enough to kick-start your joy. 🙂

 

 

Weave the Web You Want to Live #WednesdayWisdom #pagan

As the weather grows cooler, little critters try to find warmer places to hang out. Among these critters is our friend the Spider. This is evident in the many posts I’ve seen on social media by friends who haven’t been all that keen on the intrusion from their new house guests.

I’m here today to tell you that Spider could be trying to tell you something, and that perhaps it would be wise to figure out what. 😉

So, let’s start with what Spider represents in the spiritual realm. Spider is a Messenger, a Wisdom Keeper, a Dream-catcher, the Guardian of Ancient Languages & Alphabets, a powerfully creative female force, and a symbol of Balance & Infinite Possibilities.

If you see her it is time to take stock of the choices in your life. You may want to ask yourself how your choices have been affecting your life so far? Are things in your life out of whack..or in balance? How have your choices affected the lives of those around you? Are there any choices that you need to make in order to improve your life, and/or the lives of others? What do you want to create in your life, and what do you need to do to make things come to fruition?

She could be telling you that you need to be a little more patient in achieving your goals…or with others. It could be time to get creative as a solution to your problems…or to just express yourself in a creative way. Spider entering your life can also be a signal to explore your “shadow self”. Alternatively – especially this time of year- as the veil between the worlds is thinning it could be time to explore the web of your family tree and connect with & honor your Ancestors.

Basically, if you see her…especially if she’s designing one of her wondrous webs, take a peek at the metaphorical blue print that is your life and see if you want to make any design changes. Weave the life you want to live…You are the architect after all, change or don’t change things as you see fit. 🙂

Give Spider the respect she deserves…even E.B. White understood the importance of Spider. Anyone who has ever read, or watched Charlotte’s Web knows that Charlotte’s weaving and advice changed – and saved – the life of Wilbur. They formed a bond and their relationship was beneficial for both of them. If you’re lucky, you’ll have a few Charlotte’s in your life. 🙂

Weave the Web You Want to Live

Life has gotten in the way again, and for that I apologize, but I did pull a card on Friday, and I will now clue you in to what the vibe is for this week (hey, better late than never, right??).

Divination Method: The Goddess Guidance Oracle

Card(s) Drawn: Hathor

Your Really Late #ForesightFriday Forecast for 10/10/15 - 10/16/15

Key Word(s): Receptivity

Basic Message: “Allow yourself to receive. This will increase your intuition, energy, and ability to give to others.”

My Interpretation: We give, give, give, and give some more…yet forget that sometimes we also need to get a little something for ourselves. Once again…this week is about finding a balance. It’s perfectly natural, and OK, to want to help and nurture others. In fact, it’s pretty awesome to do so…but sometimes YOU’RE the one that needs to be taken care of, and it would be in your best interest to be open to it…or perhaps even request it.

Being receptive to receiving energy – whether in the form of help, advice, nurturing, or straight up energy – helps us to be open to receiving other things as well. When we are receptive, we are more likely to hear the messages that our Spirit Guides, Deities, and even our Ancestors have to share with us.

This is the time to listen. Be still, and open those ears! Let go of any guilt you may be feeling about the help and support you need, it only weighs you down. Receiving help, guidance and nurturing with an open heart that is not weighed down with guilt allows you to acknowledge it as the wonderful gift that it is.

This week’s vibe is one of healing, growth, and learning so, during this time, ask for the help you need.

Hathor also indicates that the time is ripe for experiencing a boost in psychic abilities… so keep listening for what is coming through the ever-thinning veil as we get one week closer to Samhain.

Remember to breathe…remember to not close yourself off…remember to listen…