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Divination Method: The Secret Language of Animals Oracle Cards

Card(s) Drawn: Koala

Key Word(s): Calm, Perspective, Imagination, Ease

Affirmation:

“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.”

My Interpretation:

Koala’s appearance for the coming week is quite fitting on a couple of levels. First of all, Koala’s message is one of an opportunity – and responsibility – to become a source of peace and positivity, both for ourselves and those we come in contact with. Actions speak louder than words, contrary to what those engaged in the current storm of today’s political climate seem to think. Following Koala’s example of watching things from above and surveying the situation with a serene demeanor  helps us to gain perspective. Acting calmly, rather than reacting in haste is the better course to take. Easier said than done, I know, but living and embodying your values instead of pushing them in other people’s faces makes a much deeper impression. So, in the coming week, relax. Place yourself into a low gear and become an observer, rather than shoving yourself into the thick of it.

What is this other side of Koala that is befitting this particular moment in time? Well, let me tell ya! According to Aboriginal legends, Koalas were the first creatures on the earth, formed from the earthen clay itself. It is said that they shared the ancient wisdom of the earth with the early peoples of Australia. Legend also states that in order to survive a prolonged drought, these ancient people transformed into Koalas in order to ascend the trees to ingest the moisture filled eucalyptus leaves. While in the heights of the trees they were able to gain a a broader perspective and understanding of the vastness of the world below. They became known as the Memory Keepers, keeping watch from the treetops in order to welcome the spirits of the ancestors upon their return.

This coming week includes Samhain, a time at which the veil between worlds is at its thinnest. The appearance of our cuddly looking marsupial friend assures us that our ancestors are coming, and encourages us to listen to their wisdom. Take some time to sit in quiet reflection and honor and remember the ancestors. They may have something interesting to tell you. 😉

 

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. 🙂

 

 

IrishHeritageYup, that’s what I called it, Irish Heritage Reclamation Day? Why? Well, because in my humble opinion, St. Patrick was a bit of a douche, and I don’t think he should have a day named after him. He is known for 2 things primarily: Driving the snakes out of Ireland, and Bringing Christianity to the Emerald Isle. Well, BOTH of these things are not true. He didn’t drive snakes out of Ireland (no snakes ever existed in Ireland…it is widely believed that these ‘snakes’ were actually Druids)), he converted pagans into Christians but Christianity already existed in Ireland though it was not wide-spread (and his ‘mission’ to do so may have been fueled by his being held captive in Ireland as a teen. You know a little bit of “I’ll show those nasties a thing or two” might have been part of his motivation – yes this is conjecture on my part, but this is my blog, I say what I want, lol).

ANYWAY, St. Patrick’s Day is pretty much a U.S. holiday that was celebrated by early Irish immigrants as a way to band together and be proud of their Irish heritage. This is the time when corned beef & cabbage came into play as well. I think it’s nice that they found something to pull them together as a community during a time when they were all experiencing much hardship.

So, if the snakes that Pat drove out of Ireland were pagans, why on earth do I celebrate on this day? Well, much like early Irish-Americans, I am quite proud of my Irish heritage. I have always felt that my Irish roots run deep, and have always had an affinity for all things of an Irish-Celtic nature. I have two Irish deities in my personal eclectic pantheon. I’ve traced the journey of my Great-Grandfather’s family as they made their way to North America – first into Canada, and then to the U.S. a few generations later. Also, this is a day that meant a lot to my family on a personal level. You see, my Great-Grandparents were married on March 17 (many moons ago), and while they have both moved on from this life, I still like to celebrate their union.

Yes, it’s fun to get schnockered, it’s fun to party, I wholly admit to doing both (though not nearly as rowdily as I once did). Partying and drinking, however are secondary or lower on my list of things to celebrate today.

Ol’ Pat (who was NOT Irish, and who’s color is apparently blue) died on March 17th…ok maybe not cool to celebrate the dudes death, BUT my Pixie-ish spin on THAT would be celebrating the end of his personal crusade to oust the Druids. Today I honor those wise and Holy Ones.

So,  I don’t refer to today as St. Patrick’s Day, as I don’t feel he should be celebrated. I call it St. Paddy’s Day (As this actually elevates those early Irish-American folks…since they were oft times referred to as Paddy’s – yes, also not exactly the nicest term either, but come on, let’s reclaim this shit and turn it positive!!), Irish Day, St. Patsy’s Day (as in Patsy from Absolutely Fabulous, lol), and any number of things that pop into my little Pixie brain.

Today I honor My Heritage. Today I honor My Family. Today I honor the tenacity of Irish Immigrants. Today I honor the Pagans who died rather than shun their beliefs. Today I honor the Irish Deities. Today I honor Me.