Divination Method: The Goddess Guidance Oracle
Card(s) Drawn: Ostara, Green Tara
Key Word(s): Fertility (Ostara), Start Delegating (Green Tara)
Ostara – “It is the perfect time to start new projects, access new ideas, and give birth to new conditions.”
Green Tara – “Ask others (including me) to help you, instead of trying to do everything yourself.”
This coming week includes both the Winter Solstice (Yule) and Christmas, and it seems to me that this reading falls very much in line with the returning of the Light, and the Birth of the Son/Sun (depending on your spiritual path).
The days will be getting longer again in the coming days, and with the return of the Light, we shall also have the return of IDEAS!
Make note of all the wonderous thoughts and plans that occur to you this week…some may be able to be set into motion now, while others may have to wait their turn. In either case, be sure to nurture them so that they may grow.
Now, here’s where Green Tara comes in. Don’t try to do everything yourself. I know, I know, I’m not the best example when it comes to this bit of advice, but I am getting better. 😉 ANYWAY, ask for the help you need in order to make these new plans and ideas come to fruition…or even help in prioritizing which can be put off, and which should be dealt with with a bit more immediacy. Too many cooks may spoil the pot…but a farmer cannot till his fields on his own. Not very effectively anyway.
So go on, get to idea brewing and plan making…just don’t forget to do it with a little help from your friends.
Divination Method: The Secret Language of Animals Oracle Cards
Card(s) Drawn: Salmon
Key Word(s): Faith, Determination, Independence, Change
“As the hero of my own life story, I answer the quiet call of my spirit.
Change is my friend. Clarity is my power.
My life is a great adventure, always guiding me home.”
My Interpretation: What do you think of when you think of Salmon (besides the fact that you may, or may not find them delicious, lol)? I’m guessing you think of a long battle to swim upstream in order to fulfill its life’s purpose. But, what you may not think of is the sheer amount of determination it takes to do so. Salmon appears today to show us that if we focus on our goals, and refuse to give up, we can fulfill our life’s purpose. We must have faith that we will reach that place that we are meant to reach. That faith can be in our methods, ourselves, our deities, the Universe, or any combination thereof…but faith is necessary.
It is time to embrace and accept your struggles in order to overcome them and to discover the opportunities that lie beyond them. Follow your instincts, and follow your own path…everyone else may be going a different direction, but that is THEIR journey. Don’t fall into the “follow the herd” mentality, trust in yourself and look for the holes in the crowd that will let you slip past them and on to where you need to be.
It sounds daunting, and counter-intuitive to “Go against the flow”, but here’s what you may not know. Salmon does not exactly spend its whole journey fighting the current…it is actually following a series of reverse undercurrents that help it on its way home. So, like Salmon, you too must seek out those people and opportunities that can help push you in the right direction. Trust yourself enough to know that you will recognize these as they occur.
Don’t dwell on the past, nor on the difficulties of the present….and do not fear what lies ahead.
The best way I can see to convey this message is through some lyrics from Billy Joel:
“You can get just so much from a good thing. You can linger too long in your dreams. Say goodbye to the Oldies but goodies. ‘Cause the good ole days weren’t always good, and tomorrow ain’t as bad as it seems.”
It might not be a bad idea to revisit Dory’s “Just keep swimming” philosophy either. 😉
So, that’s it. Just Keep Swimming, and Keep the Faith….and listen to Billy Joel. LOL
Divination Method: The Goddess Guidance Oracle
Card(s) Drawn: Vesta
Key Word(s): Home
Basic Message: “Your household situation is improving, either through a move or a healthy change in the occupants.”
My Interpretation: Vesta is the Roman Goddess of the Home & Hearth. She is a fire Goddess that brings both literal & emotional warmth to our homes. This is precisely what we should all focus on in the coming week. The proverbial “They” say that “Home is where the heart is”, if that is indeed true, then our heart is also where our home is.
Let me explain what I mean. Your outward environment effects your inner environment just as much as your inner environment effects the outer. I guess you could revisit the one thing I said in Wednesday’s post about finding your sparkle: “Your world won’t sparkle unless you do”. So what does that mean in regards to this? Well, it’s time to focus on finding that balance between your inner and outer environments. If you’re feeling very at home and content in your own skin, make sure where you spend your time reflects that. If you’re having a bit of trouble feeling that comfort, change your environment to encourage those feelings. It can mean cleaning out some clutter so you feel as though you can breathe. It could be rearranging the furniture, painting a room, designing & installing an art feature on your gigantic living room wall, or even something as simple as lighting some candles and listening to your favorite music. A calm, joyful, peaceful environment will coax the same feelings from within your heart. Let the fire of the candles – or of the fireplace – burn away the cold and negative (figuratively, people…Pixie does NOT want you to set fire to yourself or your home, lol).
All in all, this is a week to feel safe and loved. Some may discover that they are finally “feeling at home” for the first time in a long while. This may be due to an actual move, or perhaps a more symbolic move, such as a shift in thinking in regards to ones place in the world. Remember that “feeling at home” does not always involve a physical place…but is sometimes a feeling that is evoked by certain individuals or experiences.
Home implies intimacy, the kind that goes beyond – yet, may also include – the physical.
Home is comfort, safety, warmth, laughter, and love.
Home is where we often long to be when things get tough.
Divination Method: The Secret Language of Animals Oracle Cards
Card(s) Drawn: Crayfish
Key Word(s): Protection, Perseverance, Vulnerability, Regeneration
Harvesting the lessons of all that has been…
Honoring the gifts of all that is
I expand my way of seeing, being and doing in the world
For the good of all.
This week it’s time to examine the structure of our lives, and figure out what it is we need to proceed along our path. Crayfish reminds us that, while structure is good and necessary to live a healthy and fulfilling life, it can also be confining and stifle our growth.
If you’re starting to feel like you’re under a lot of pressure and the walls are closing in on you, it isn’t time to retreat inside yourself, it’s time to bust the hell out of your confinement and partake of a little growth.
When busting out of your shell, however, be sure to take stock of all you have learned to this point, and retain that which can help you as you continue on your journey. While it isn’t necessarily time to hide from the world, this process of continued Transformation and Metamorphosis, it would be prudent to exercise a little caution, as all change brings about a period of vulnerability as we become acclimated to our “new normal”. When in this vulnerable state, we have a tendency to glom on to anything that offers us comfort…but choose your sources of comfort carefully, as now would be a time when it would be very easy to fall into bad habits (old or new).
And, since, what would a post be without a Pixie Pop Culture Reference – I’m gonna share the song that was running through my head as I wrote this (the song as a whole may not be exactly relevant…but the chorus isn’t leaving my brain…so I’m putting it in yours…you’re welcome).
As we head into Turkey Day here in the U.S. I am swamped with meal preparations, and last minute things to do around the house. My Best Friend in All the Land will be driving into town to share in the festivities, and a couple other dear friends shall be bouncing in as well (although their trek is a mere 10 minutes to his 6 hours…but I digress). As things are quite hectic I have just this simple message from our 16th President to share with you today…well, as he was depicted in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, but still, it’s good advice.
I wish everyone a safe and Happy Day. Time for this Grateful Pixie to open some wine!
PARTY ON DUDES! 😉
Divination Method: The Sacred Circle Tarot
Card(s) Drawn: The Tower (Reversed), The Shaman
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.
Everyone is aware of the multiple attacks that happened in Paris this past week. The saddest part is that this was not the only horrific act of violence to occur. Two suicide bombers walked into a Beirut marketplace a day before the Paris attacks, which resulted in 44 dead and 200+ injured. Many deaths in the African villages of Ndassima & Mala (as part of ongoing religious violence) took place Monday. Tuesday saw dozens killed in a bombing in Nigeria, as well as a Russian jet destroyed by a bomb over Egypt. Add to that the seemingly endless string of fatal incidents here in the U.S. – whether they be incidents against law enforcement…by law enforcement…or yet another mass shooting.
The World as a whole is under siege by these and other assaults. This fire of violence has only been fueled by the irrational, fear & hate filled reactions by those who’ve heard of them. The masses are rejecting the idea of taking in Syrian refugees for fear that they will be terrorists. The majority of comments I have seen on social media have been disappointing to say the least. Many have come from our pool of G.O.P. presidential…candidates, but the number from regular everyday folks of all walks of life and faiths (including pagans) is overwhelming.
What people in this country seem to be forgetting is that refusing these refugees dishonors the values of this country. The Statue of Liberty tells us this herself.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
It is up to us to end the violence. Each and every one of us, as individuals, holds some level of responsibility on the journey to world peace. His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama was asked about his view of the Paris attacks. He commented on the levels of violence and bloodshed of the 20th century and concluded that this century’s violence is in effect a spill-over of those acts. So, what should we do? His Holiness says:
“People want to lead a peaceful lives. The terrorists are short-sighted, and this is one of the causes of rampant suicide bombings. We cannot solve this problem only through prayers. I am a Buddhist and I believe in praying. But humans have created this problem, and now we are asking God to solve it. It is illogical. God would say, solve it yourself because you created it in the first place.
We need a systematic approach to foster humanistic values, of oneness and harmony. If we start doing it now, there is hope that this century will be different from the previous one. It is in everybody’s interest. So let us work for peace within our families and society, and not expect help from God, Buddha or the governments.”
I think that’s some pretty good advice. We need to work for peace, and we need to start at home, and EXTEND that spirit of peace beyond that of our friends and family. Rain compassion down on those who need it. Do something to help someone in need. Let go of any attitudes that make you question whether or not someone in need “deserves” help…just help.
Forget about the concepts of “Us” and “Them” for we are all one. “Imagine there’s no countries. It isn’t hard to do. Nothing to kill or die for, and no religion too. Imagine all the people living life in peace…”
I may be a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. So let’s all Imagine, and Give Peace a Chance.
Divination Method: The Sacred Circle Tarot
Card(s) Drawn: 2 of Discs
Key Word(s): Fluctuation
My Interpretation: This coming week requires us to be flexible. Change is in the air, and while it can be difficult to deal with, DO NOT DESPAIR! The 2 of discs is about maintaining balance, which means that although there may be losses…there will also be gains. We can still achieve our goals, we just have to put in the necessary work and stay on our toes. We must be able to adapt to the situation at hand. Basically, pretend you’re Jareth maintaining control of his crystal ball on his constantly fluctuating hand. 😉
Spiritually, the 2 of Disks reminds us to become…or remain in tune with the ebbs and flows of energies, and the cycles of life. Those who adapt thrive, those who do not, perish.
So, to quote R.E.O. Speedwagon: If you’re tired of the same old story, turn some pages. I’ll be here when you are ready to roll with the changes.”
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.
So go ahead, Be a Weirdo! Keep showing others how they can see things a bit differently. 🙂
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
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.)