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Divination Method: The Goddess Guidance Oracle

Card(s) Drawn: Yemanya

Key Word(s): Golden Opportunity

Basic Message: “Important doors are opening for you right now. Walk through them.”

My Interpretation: Yemanya reminds us that life ebbs and flows like the tides, and because of that timing is of the utmost importance. The appearance of this card indicates that it’s time to pay attention, because opportunities are going to present themselves to you in the coming week.

Yemanya is a protectress, supplier of means, and a granter of wishes – so she won’t be presenting you with anything that you can’t handle. After-all, you’ve been hoping for something, right?? Well: The door’s open, Sugar. Walk Through It!

Some of you may be caught off guard, but don’t let fear of the unknown make you hesitate and miss your chance. You deserve this. Seriously, reach down and connect with your inner Stuart Smalley.

You’re good enough, you’re smart enough, and doggone it people like you!

 

Magick in the “witchy” sense is the Art & Science of harnessing and manipulating internal and external energies in order to create change. This change may be in ourselves, those around us, our environment, or even our world. How does this relate to art? Well, if you have ever been moved by a painting, a song, a poem, a film, or a photograph you have experienced exactly what I’m talking about.

Films, photographs, paintings, et al. have the ability to change our moods, evoke strong emotions, bring back memories, remind us of our dreams, inspire us…and even change our minds. These pieces are brought about by artists who tap into a source of energy deep within them to craft and create these images, words, and sounds. In doing so, they hope their creations will touch the lives of others…but, the act of creating their works undoubtedly creates change within the artist themselves.

The intent to express oneself can often be compulsory – it MUST be done. This unpredictable drive from within to make ones voice be heard is, at least in my experience, impossible to ignore. While in the midst of creating, we aren’t always sure what it is that needs to be expressed until the work is finished, we take a step back and examine the finished product. I personally feel as if a weight has been lifted when I finish a piece (whether it be a painting, a photograph, a spell, or a ritual). I have been transformed simply by getting it all out…whatever “it” happens to be.

If a piece moves someone other than those who create it? Well, that’s the best kind of magick.

I found a quote from a writer that pretty much sums up all that I’ve been rambling on about:

I believe that magic is art, and that art, whether that be music, writing, sculpture, or any other form, is literally magic. Art is, like magic, the science of manipulating symbols, words or images, to achieve changes in consciousness… Indeed to cast a spell is simply to spell, to manipulate words, to change peoples consciousness, and this is why I believe that an artist or writer is the closest thing in the contemporary world to a shaman.” Alan Moore

I agree with him wholeheartedly. Now, go forth and make some Magick:

CREATE ALL THE THINGS!!!

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. 😉

 

It has been a very long time since I’ve posted. I’d like to say that it’s because I’ve been so fabulously busy that I just couldn’t spare a moment to do so…but, that wouldn’t be true. There were Winters plagued with seasonal depression, the Presidential campaigns/election/current term (UGHHHH!!!), as well as some minor illnesses, but it wasn’t all bad. 

In the aftermath of Bowie’s death I discovered – with the help of my 2 friends who make up our trio we call the “Bowie Girls” – that I have a love of painting. Much of my time has been devoted to expressing myself in this way, along with my photography. That, coupled with my family, work, and coven duties left me a little tapped out…I just didn’t have any oomph left for writing. (I also have a new grandson! So now there’s TWO grand-kids to amuse me! lol).

In any case, I’m being pulled back into this Pixilated world of mine. I’m not really sure what I’ll be musing about, but there’s sure to be a resurgence of Foresight Friday and Wednesday Wisdom. Hopefully, you’re not too peeved at me for my absence, I promise I’ll make it up to you.

I’ll be back Friday with some divination for y’all, in the meantime I’ll leave you with a quote to chew on. 

Even your smallest action can change the world for the better.
In a gentle way, you can shake the world. – Mahatma Gandhi

Feel free to comment with any small actions you think we can make to shake things up for the better. 

 

 

Implement New Ideas...with a Little Help #ForesightFriday #Divination #Pagan

 

Divination Method: The Goddess Guidance Oracle

Card(s) Drawn: Ostara, Green Tara

Implement New Ideas...with a Little Help #ForesightFriday #Divination

Key Word(s): Fertility (Ostara), Start Delegating (Green Tara)

Basic Message:

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.”

My Interpretation:

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.

Keep the Faith #ForesightFriday #Divination #Pagan

Divination Method: The Secret Language of Animals Oracle Cards

Card(s) Drawn: Salmon

Keep the Faith #ForesightFriday #Divination #Pagan

Key Word(s): Faith, Determination, Independence, Change

Affirmation:

“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

 

Home is Where the Heart is #ForesightFriday #Divination #Pagan

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.

After all…

maudit: 23: Dorothy Gale. The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Break Out of Your Shell #ForesightFriday #Divination #Pagan

Divination Method: The Secret Language of Animals Oracle Cards

Card(s) Drawn: Crayfish

Break Out of Your Shell #ForesightFriday #Divination #Pagan

Key Word(s): Protection, Perseverance, Vulnerability, Regeneration

Affirmation:

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.

My Interpretation:

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).

Advice from Abe Lincoln #WednesdayWisdom #Pagan #Thanksgiving

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! 😉

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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.