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 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.”
I felt the need to pull more than one card today…and from different decks. Not sure why, but hey, who the hell am I to question the nudges? So, let’s see what we’ve got going for us in the next week, shall we?
Divination Method: The Secret Language of Animals Oracle Cards & The Goddess Guidance Oracle
Card(s) Drawn: Koala & Abundantia
Key Word(s): (Koala) Calm, Perspective, Imagination, Ease (Abundantia) Prosperity
Affirmation (Animal Oracle): “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.”
Basic Message (Goddess Oracle): “The universe is pouring its abundance out to you. Be open to receiving.”
My Interpretation: First, let me just say that I’m liking these two cards together. It’s a nice vibe. It seems right to me that, although many will be having all sorts of raucous and crazy fun as they celebrate Halloween tomorrow (who am I kidding, most are already celebrating it, LOL), most of my readers will be celebrating Samhain. This involves a bit more reverence than revelry. As we honor our Ancestors, and/or commune with Spirit(s); we also welcome in a New Year, and all the possibilities that come with it, as the wheel turns once more to begin a new cycle.
Koala is kind of the ultimate example for the Witch. His Calm, Ease, and Perspective are the embodiment of “Soft of eye and light of touch, speak ye little, listen much” of the Wiccan Rede. He doesn’t push his ways on others, he leads and teaches by example. By doing so, he radiates these qualities, and becomes a catalyst to stirring the very same in those he comes in contact with.
His appearance here means the coming week should be one of calm, peaceful, reflection…be still and be open to the opportunities this new year will offer to us.
Now let’s throw Abundantia into this mix, and we see that these opportunities shall include abundance. I do not see this as financial abundance (sorry peeps!)…but more Energetic & Spiritual. Consider her as a bit of a booster for Koala’s energy in this week’s draw. Which, to me, means those of us who shall be celebrating Samhain in a Magickal sense, are in for some massive and powerful experiences. Do not be frightened or overcome by the energy and/or the encounters you may have. Be calm, retain your perspective, and receive the Abundant Gifts that are to be bestowed upon you.
Divination Method: The Secret Language of Animals Oracle Cards
Card(s) Drawn: Dolphin
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. 🙂
Life has gotten in the way again, and for that I apologize, but I did pull a card on Friday, and I will now clue you in to what the vibe is for this week (hey, better late than never, right??).
Divination Method: The Goddess Guidance Oracle
Card(s) Drawn: Hathor
Key Word(s): Receptivity
Basic Message: “Allow yourself to receive. This will increase your intuition, energy, and ability to give to others.”
My Interpretation: We give, give, give, and give some more…yet forget that sometimes we also need to get a little something for ourselves. Once again…this week is about finding a balance. It’s perfectly natural, and OK, to want to help and nurture others. In fact, it’s pretty awesome to do so…but sometimes YOU’RE the one that needs to be taken care of, and it would be in your best interest to be open to it…or perhaps even request it.
Being receptive to receiving energy – whether in the form of help, advice, nurturing, or straight up energy – helps us to be open to receiving other things as well. When we are receptive, we are more likely to hear the messages that our Spirit Guides, Deities, and even our Ancestors have to share with us.
This is the time to listen. Be still, and open those ears! Let go of any guilt you may be feeling about the help and support you need, it only weighs you down. Receiving help, guidance and nurturing with an open heart that is not weighed down with guilt allows you to acknowledge it as the wonderful gift that it is.
This week’s vibe is one of healing, growth, and learning so, during this time, ask for the help you need.
Hathor also indicates that the time is ripe for experiencing a boost in psychic abilities… so keep listening for what is coming through the ever-thinning veil as we get one week closer to Samhain.
Remember to breathe…remember to not close yourself off…remember to listen…
This weeks bit of wisdom is something I have placed in my own Book of Shadows. It spoke to me when I found it, and I do my best to live by these words.
I do not know who originally penned it…I’ve seen it in SO many places around the internet, each time without it being attributed to anyone.
While this tells us to embrace and emulate all aspects of the Goddess in our daily lives, it is not just speaking to the ladies among us… It means you too, gents! So, let’s break it down and see what it’s telling us.
Dance Like The Maiden: Channel your Inner Child and remember to PLAY. Sing, Dance, and skip about every now and then (Y’know…like no one is watching…even if they are).
Laugh Like The Mother: Don’t take yourself, or any given situation too seriously. Life is too short to spend it miserable, so keep your sense of humor intact and make the best out of every situation.
Think Like The Crone: Use your head, and try not to act rashly. Also remember that you are a Child of The Goddess and are therefore worthy of the same level of respect as any other person (or creature). While you are entitled to respect, including self-respect, you should also remember to conduct yourself with dignity and grace.
Yes, you CAN be dignified while dancing about and laughing…it’s all about balance people!
Divination Tool Used: Sacred Circle Tarot
Card Drawn: Knight of Cups
Key Word(s): Movement
My take on this card: This coming week is filled with opportunity. It is not, however filled with patience. It is the time to Seize the Day, Jump at the Chance, Lose Yourself in that special moment, Say Yes to the Dress…you get the idea. The thing you need to keep in mind is, should Opportunity come a-knockin’ you need to decide on the spot. Either snag the chance to do whatever, or risk missing out and having yet another moment to make you want to travel back in time and kick yourself in the arse (Hey, we’ve all got those moments, but why add another one to the pile???)
The image on this card includes a Knight standing in a river…he represents that opportunity that comes around…the river suggests that things shall be moving quickly and that things will have a deep spiritual and emotional impact.
This nifty little card also holds the image of an apple tree and….AN OTTER!! 😀 Both of these images are related to knowledge and wisdom. Apples are known as the “fruit of knowledge” and, in Irish Celtic lore, otters are known as guides and guardians of spiritual knowledge & wisdom.
All in all, it would seem that the recurring theme of my Wednesday Wisdom posts has been preparing us for the coming week. With that in mind, I shall leave you with a message that is on a new pair of socks I purchased while on vacation last week…as it should pretty much be everyone’s mantra next week.
“You better lose yourself, in the music, the moment, you own it. You better never let it go. You only get one shot. Do not miss your chance to blow. This opportunity comes once in a lifetime.” Eminem (aka: Marshall Mathers)
I love this song. It is in your face, it is infectious, and it has a powerful message.
Every moment is an opportunity to push past your fears and do something remarkable. Even if you’ve screwed up in the past. Hell, especially if you’ve screwed up in the past.
I know, my wisdom has all been very similar lately. But, y’know what??? It’s because the message is important. There’s something to be said for letting go…for pushing outside of your comfort zone…for losing yourself in the music, and/or the moment.
Now that I think about it; losing yourself in the moment, dancing to some fantastic music…TRULY letting yourself go can even lead to a trance state and spiritual experiences (Here’s a brief explanation of Ecstatic Dance, it can be pretty amazing)
So, go ahead. Lose yourself, in the music. Right frikkin now. I’ve even included the music for you. If for some reason you’re not an Eminem fan, go ahead and pick another song….but….I’m not sure we can be friends anymore. 😉 LOL (I’m kidding!…sorta…)
I’m going to, once again, apologize for posting this late…but I am on vacation in California for the first time ever, so my day was pretty jam packed full of awesomeness!! Besides, the message for this week is pretty straight forward. LOL
The Card Drawn: Green Tara
Key Word(s): Start Delegating
Basic Message: “Ask others (including me) to help you, instead of trying to do everything yourself.”
My take on this card: This card is pretty self explanatory. Stop trying to do everything yourself. Ask for help if you need it. Delegate to others. You are truly an awesome individual that is capable of rocking the hell out of your to-do list, but you’re not a super hero, no matter HOW good you looked as your fave character at Comic-Con. So, if someone offers to help you, for the sake of all that is holy in your chosen fandom’s universe: LET THEM HELP YOU!
Yes, I know this sounds like I’m totally full of myself and like I’m all sorts of cocky and arrogant about my ability to impart all the answers in life. Trust me, that’s not really it…just hang with me for a bit and see if I can get across what I mean.
Once Upon a Time, there was a little Pixie who always had inklings about things…and who was also pretty damn smart to boot. The trouble is, this Pixie did not trust herself to listen to her inklings…in fact, she often would run swiftly in the exact opposite direction, often resulting in a whole heap-o-misery.
She had (and still has) an amazing friend who always told her she should “trust her gut”, because her instincts were good, and perhaps things would start to go her way if she would only go where her gut was trying to lead her. MANY years, and MANY mistakes later, the Pixie figured mayyyyyybe it was time to try this whole following of the gut thing…I mean, it couldn’t POSSIBLY make things any worse than they were…right???
So, she would follow her gut…at least more often than not…and things started to go a bit more smoothly. Little by little the gut was listened to more and more. Then the Pixie became involved with a coven and began to work through all of her issues with insecurities, and actually began sharing little tidbits and insights with others….and ya know what? She was pretty freaking insightful! She started out a little tentatively with her advice…but, she eventually became aware of when it was truly a message that was to be relayed due to her abilities as an Empath and/or as a conduit for a message from the Divine.
This very thinly veiled story is, of course, autobiographical and chronicles my journey to trusting myself, and the information that lies within…whether that information has been acquired through academic study, life experience, Empathic ability, connection with Spirits/Ancestors, or Divine Intervention – the fact of the matter is: it’s correct, and is being shared for a reason. There is a phrase that has started being spread throughout those in coven, and spilling over to those without: Never doubt The Shawna. Seriously, folks are saying it…granted it’s not multitudes or anything, but still, it’s folks. lol
Anywhoooooo, here’s the part where I give YOU a bit of the stuffs that comes outta me, because y’all need to hear it. YOU can do the same thing. Yup, you can. You too have a gut that gives you inklings and nudges you in the right direction…BUT IT WON’T WORK UNLESS YOU LEARN TO FREAKING LISTEN TO IT AND THEN FOLLOW THROUGH!!!! OK, perhaps the caps were going a tad overboard…but I really don’t think so. You need to hear and heed this message. I am not wrong about this. It can be so incredibly hard to listen….especially because sometimes what your gut is telling you seems absolutely freaking NUTS. You might listen to it and think “NOPE! You’re wrong Mr./Miss Gut. There’s no F-ing WAY that is the course of action I should take. I don’t see how it will work, let alone lead to what I want.” Well, you see, that last bit is the kicker: It may not lead you where you WANT to go, but it sure as hell will lead you where you NEED to go. (Pop Culture alert!) It’s kinda like what Idris (Who is actually the TARDIS) says to The Doctor in the episode of Doctor Who entitled “The Doctor’s Wife”:
So, I guess what I’m saying is this: listen to your inner TARDIS…it will always take you where you need to go.