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Divination Method: The Sacred Circle Tarot

Card(s) Drawn: The Tower (Reversed), The Shaman

Your #ForesightFriday Forecast 11/21/15 - 11/27/15 #Divination #Pagan #Tarot

Key Word(s): (Tower Reversed) Continued Upheaval, Obstacles, Fear, Disruption, Dust Settling after Conflict; (The Shaman) Introspection, Solitude, Discretion

My Interpretation: Remember all that Fluctuation from last week? I’m sure you do, as the world as a whole went ’round the bend so to speak…and, at least on my own personal front, things have been a bit topsy-turvy as well (Not really bad, but it made for an interesting week). The appearance of the dreaded Tower means things will continue to be challenging in the week ahead. The only consolation I have at the moment, is that the Tower is reversed, which suggests any upheaval won’t be as sharp and drastic as it has been…but it will be just one more thing added to your pile. I feel that on a global scale this card is commenting more on the surge of irrational fear that has swelled in the hearts – and out of the mouths – of many in reaction to last week’s wide spread tragedies. On a personal level, it could be alluding to this…but is more likely pointing out that bit that keeps creeping into your head regarding a possible outcome to a worrisome situation. The Tower Reversed also suggests things are beginning to settle down, at least for the interim. So you should at least be able to catch your breath.

Luckily, two cards were pulled today, and the second one gives us an idea of how to proceed. The Shaman reminds us that we have other senses, and that sometimes relying on our eyes and ears alone doesn’t give us an accurate assessment of a situation. It’s time to take a step back, to observe, to go within, and to open your mind to the possibility that things are not always as they seem. Granted, spending your time all secluded like, and having an entire week of “soul searching me time” isn’t exactly what we can all do right now. Y’know with the whole family having, and the job doing, so we can do the bill paying and the eating (especially with the U.S. Turkey Day towards the tail end of this challenging week) that we all must take care of. The Shaman is more telling us to have a bit of discretion in our dealings and encounters this week. Take things in, rather than react. Chew on a notion for a bit before deciding what you think of it…or the person that conveyed it. Is there perhaps a reason they feel the way they do? Is it a reason that can at least help you to see how they could come to that conclusion? Basically, do not react rashly…especially since many of us will be in close proximity to large groups of family and friends in the coming week. Be sure to take time to decompress, and process. You just might learn something about yourself, others, society, or even your spirituality. What you learn may even help you through whatever it is The Tower has in store.

Be introspective in order to gain perspective.

 

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 😉

Sincerity & Quiet ConfidenceThese words popped into my head this morning, and I started to mull them over in my little brain. I figure, if they popped into my head, seemingly at random, then they deserved a bit of attention. This may, or may not, turn into another wordy ramble…let’s find out, shall we?

Why these words? Why in this configuration? What does this mean to me?

Well, obviously (if you know anything about me from this Blog O’Mine at all) sincerity is something I value…and kind of require, from those in my life. However, I started to think of it on a more personal, and spiritual level. Meaning this: It is important for me to be sincere with those I interact with as well….but, even more important, I need to be sincere in my Faith.

“Is a faith without action a sincere faith?” Jean Racine

I feel I have been sincere in my faith, especially in the spirit of the Jean Racine quote above. I do what I can to serve my community and my deities…and find new ways to do this all the time. Don’t think you’ve got to spend all day at a soup kitchen, or in front of your altar for that matter, in order to do this. Simply doing what you can to help others, or to brighten their day. Yup, that dirty joke that pops into your head just might be the thing to salvage somebody’s otherwise craptastic day – so, I say spit it out already (Although, you should “know your audience” in this regard, LOL.). Hold a door for someone, pick up that piece of trash in the parking lot, send healing energy to those that have requested it, listen to someone who needs an ear…whatever. A little kindness and compassion go a long way, and doing it all without judgement is what brings it all back around to being sincere in your actions, and therefore your faith.

On to the second half of my message from Divine today: Quiet Confidence. I just recently realized just how important confidence is to my practice. I spent so many years as a child blocking off my gifts, that it took an awful long time to embrace them as an integral part of me.  With practice, along with sharing what I’ve learned with those that could benefit, I’ve come to no longer doubt, not only what is possible, but what is possible for ME to achieve. I know I still have much more to learn, and that there is far more potential to be unlocked…but I am no longer afraid that I’ll fail. I now know that if I do not succeed right away, I simply need to work on it more…it is a set-back, not a failure. All things happen in their own time. We may wish for them to happen quicker…but we do not always wish for things that we are ready for. 😉

“We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face…we must do that which we think we cannot.” Eleanor Roosevelt

Every scary thing I have encountered and successfully gotten past has made me stronger, and more confident. I look at my past self and I see, though I rarely showed it outwardly, a person who was scared of whatever life had waiting around the corner. “I can’t handle this”, “I don’t think I can do that”, “What if I screw up?”, “What if I get the wrong answer?”…these used to constantly flood my mind, and my life was nowhere near as rewarding as I would have liked.

Now? Well, since I have learned to take a deep breath and plunge headlong into the very thing that terrifies me, I have had a much more fulfilling life. What are some of the things that scared the bejeebers outta me? Well: Meeting new people (especially in large groups), taking Wicca 1 (I wanted to excel so badly, the fear of failure nearly paralyzed me), joining a coven, leading a ritual…shoot, the list goes on and on. The point is, I fought my way through the fear and anxiety to achieve these things, and with each success, the level of fear and anxiety I feel upon embarking on a new adventure becomes less and less.

“Therefore, let us not despair, but instead, survey the position, consider carefully the action we must take, and then address ourselves to our common task in a mood of sober resolution and quiet confidence, without resolution and without pause.” Arthur Henderson

Being sincere in your life & faith, and becoming filled with quiet – not overtly boastful – confidence will help you to be able to do whatever the Universe throws at you next…