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).
So, I picked up my cards this morning and was shuffling away and a card fell out. I think “Ok, so I guess this is the one”. I place it on my little cloth and then….the nudge. Gotta pull a second card because, as you know, you just don’t ignore the nudge. I placed the second card next to the first, and it all made sense (to me at least 😉 ).
Divination Method: The Secret Language of Animals Oracle Cards
Card(s) Drawn: Lotus Blue Butterfly, Tree Frog
Key Word(s): Transformation, Becoming, Lightness, Beauty
Soul Song, Meditation, Creation, Rebirth
My Interpretation: There’s a big emphasis on inner reflection and meditation for this coming week. This isn’t really a surprise to me, as we are currently in the middle of a Mercury Retrograde, and this is generally a time when this type of work is beneficial…not only to our own personal & spiritual development, but to surviving the retrograde period relatively unscathed.
While both the Butterfly & the Tree Frog represent a metamorphosis, they approach it from different angles. Here’s what I mean (and the order of the draw comes into play here). Butterfly is emerging from her chrysalis after having undergone a profound change. She approaches it’s newness with an outward expression of joy and lightness; flitting about in the sunshine, and drinking in the beauty of the flowers from which she draws nourishment. Frog does a lot of deep breathing…perhaps looking within to contemplate the many stages of Creation that he has undergone in his life. He connects with the rhythms of Nature through his breath, and begins to chirp his Soul Song in unison – not only with the other frogs, but also with Gaia Herself.
So what does this mean for us? Well, it means that we’ve all been through a lot. We’re not the person we once were, in one way or another….and THAT’S OK! We’re here, we’ve survived and we should flit about and be joyful, and light, and take in the beauty of the Universe. That being said, it’s also time to reflect on our transformations (past, present, and future). Connect with your inner self, and connect that with Nature…BREATHE. Sing your own soul song…whatever it may be, and when Mercury Retro gets in your way, BREATHE. You also may want to do something else the amazing little Tree Frog does…it hangs on tight! (Those little guys have remarkably useful suction cups on their feet that stick to pretty much anything!).
Basically, be thankful that you’ve survived life thus far, and know that if you play your cards right, you’ll continue to thrive…and can continue on your unique journey to being even MORE awesome than you were yesterday.
So much has happened since my last post at Mabon, I hardly know where to begin…
Good news first then. On September 30, 2012 I had the honor of being initiated into The Coven of Sangha-Sho. I had been going to group functions and studying with them for a year at that point, and this amazing group of individuals has truly become my Spiritual Family. I never thought I would become part of a coven, but this group is where I belong, and I have learned so much from them all…and will continue to do so as we continue on our journey together.
Now on to the bad news…Those of you who know me in my day-to-day life are aware that last fall my mother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. As it became evident that mom needed daily care, I took leave from work to care for mom so dad could continue working. Eating was difficult, the chemo was horrid, but seeing my mom – the strongest woman I’ve ever had the privilege to know – so sick and unable to do anything was the hardest.
I was away from my husband, away from my daughter, away from my grand-daughter, my friends and my coven-mates for over 2 months. I felt lost, alone and saddened by the course of events…and then it all got worse. The first type of chemo shrunk the tumor, but it had still spread to her liver. Since I’ve come back home, she’s gone through more chemo, and so far, no positive results to speak of. She has lost an excessive amount of weight and the prognosis is not good.
Now I am faced with more heartache as I tried to contact a relative that, I believed, I was very close to even though we’d been long out of touch. I thought they should know about mom’s situation so that they would have the option of talking to her. I was disappointed to discover this relative chose to reply to me via their spouse, and wishes to remain apart from the family, including me. I don’t understand why, well, I understand some of it, but it doesn’t make it any easier. I feel as though they have been ripped from me, and it hurts my heart.
Place my complete and utter displeasure in my work-life, and we have a complete picture of the heap of misery that is weighing on my chest. Which leads us to the Anais Nin quote in the picture I’ve placed in this post:
Life is a process of becoming. A combination of states we have to go through.
I feel as if this quote sums up the theme of 2013 as a whole, and not just for me, but for most of us. Yes, we go through a range of experiences that forge who we are every other year as well, but this year feels like a year of profound experiences. Great Joy, Great Sorrow, Great Upheaval. How we handle the various states we go through, both the pleasant and unpleasant, shall shape who we are to become. No matter how difficult things appear to be, I believe we all have the strength to endure…and when we feel we do not, we can find it by looking to the Goddess for guidance. We must make a point to be grateful for the blessing in our lives, to not take the joyful moments for granted and to cherish each of them.
I am going to do my best to acknowledge what I am grateful for on a regular basis. I also plan on posting here more… I know, I know, I’ve said this before….but I am trying! I think I will start with doing occasional Tarot card pulls, rune pulls or whatever kind of divination method suits my whim on any given day. So look for more from the Pixie! I also plan on posting happenings in my local pagan community.
As I leave you for today, I want you all to know that I count you among my Blessings. Many of you are dear friends, others I may not have met, but you have been kind enough to endure my sporadic ramblings and for that I thank you.
Stay courageous my friends, as you travel through your respective states, and continue on your path to Becoming.