Archive for December, 2012

Shadowscapes Insight ~ King of Wands

Shadowscapes Tarot by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law

Shadowscapes Tarot by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law

This is the second reading in a row where I have pulled a Wands card. ¬†I have to finish typing the last reading, it was when I was in the store last week and well it’s been too busy since. ūüėČ

I think this card is absolutely stunning.  Centered the King stands with his Staff towering above him and from the staff radiates strength and power of the Lion.  I wears the antlers of the stag and is adorned along his torso with leaves for vitality.  Emanating from him is the force and energy of life.

To me this card is about wearing the mantle of leadership yet not just wearing it living it for it is not just a mantle to be worn but is a force of blazing inspiration and charisma from deep within burning and blazing through blood and projecting the spirit.  There is no fear but purpose, unafraid of chasing down what you want filled with action and confidence.

We are getting ready to turn the calendar over again, saying good bye to 2012 and saying hello to the year of the Witch 2013.  I call it the year of the Witch as 13 is a sacred number to many witches (the number in a coven or council, the number of full moons in a year).  It is also the Chinese year of the Snake.  Shedding that which no longer serves us and moving forward with lithe grace.

This reading tells me that I am on the right path and that the strength from within will burn and blaze away my doubts and I will be victorious in my¬†endeavors¬†for the coming season. ¬†Interesting to have this on the last day of the calendar year. ¬†Cementing for me the magick performed at the full moon. ¬†Rejuvenation, removing obstacles and that which does not bring positive aspects to life. ¬†I’ve gone through the pain of transformation now it’s time to grow in that fertile soil!

Posted on 31 December '12 by , under Spirituality, Tarot. No Comments.

Sunstone ~ Stone of Benevolence

Sunstone is really hard to get a decent picture of so with a little flash I was able to get this shot of my tumbled sunstone, which rests in my offering bowl on my altar.

Sunstone is really hard to get a decent picture of so with a little flash I was able to get this shot of my tumbled sunstone, which rests in my offering bowl on my altar.

Sunstone is an oligioclase feldspar with a hardness of about 6.

Sunstone is a stone of personal power, freedom and expanded consciousness, reflecting like no other stone the qualities of solar energies and light. ¬†Some of these qualities are benevolence, warmth, strength, mental clarity, the awareness and ability to bestow blessings upon others. ¬†In this you also see qualities of leadership. ¬†Those called to lead may find that sunstone will help them find their conviction and discipline to move forward through the “melting” of fear and self-doubt with the warmth it emanates.

Many consider Sunstone to be the Yang to the Yin of the Moonstone and if worn together they will work with amazingly beautiful harmony of the elements of Sun and Moon to bring your desires and magick to manifest.

Additionally, as it is associated with the sun, Sunstone is an excellent stone for stimulation. Wear or use sunstone to give you extra energy and to increase the ability to self-heal. It is also said to be a gemstone of optimism.

Affirmation for Sunstone: “I claim my place of leadership, giving & receiving blessings of abundance and warmth”

Posted on 28 December '12 by , under Gemstones, Growth, Training. No Comments.

Daily Draw Returns

Four of Cups and Swords pulled today.  Interesting day of Fours

Four of Cups and Swords pulled today. Interesting day of Fours

It has been quite sometime since I have been able to have any sense of “normalcy” in my days.

It’s been nearly four months since I’ve made the time for doing a daily tarot reading for myself. ¬†Too long to be absent from my reading practice. ūüėČ

Today marks the Winter Solstice, a day of turning and transforming.  The darkest day of the year will give way to the Sun and the light. The world is at a turning point right now and I am blessed to be able to witness and be a part of the changes that are going to begin awakening.  A good time for me to return to my daily reading practice and really get out there more with teaching and interacting I think.

Today I pulled the Four of Cups, intending on only pulling one card; however, was deeply intrigued and ended up pulling a second card to really get a feel for what I am being told today.

The Four of Cups I see deep introspection. Being absorbed in personal reflection and life can often lead towards seclusion from the world, as seen in the Four of Cups picture. ¬†The Mermaid is lost in thought and reflection to not notice the Slyph’s coming closer and the creatures of the sea from her.

The Four of Swords I see from within balance, peace and strength are born.  Surrounded by the lotus of wisdom and enlightenment, having undergone transformation and hard times a sword is grasped and held close to the core.  In the center of who you are a strength resides.  Take some reflection time to gather yourself and find your core of peace and well-being.

Interesting to pull the two cards together today.  In them I see the need for reflection, balance of spirit and strength to come through the challenges of life while still interacting with life and the world.  Do not get lost in the reflection by placing yourself in solitude.

Great reminder to balance reflection with vitality of the world around us.

Posted on 21 December '12 by , under Life, Spirituality, Tarot. No Comments.

Confidence in Carnelian

My Carnelian Wand.  It has beautiful marbles of orange throughout the vibrant red color

My Carnelian Wand. It has beautiful marbles of orange throughout the vibrant red color

Carnelian is one of my personal “go-to” stones. In brilliant shades of red and orange autumn Carnelian captivates.

A type of Chalcedony, Carnelian ranges in color from a pale orange with pink undertones to a deep rusty red. The most popular colors are beautiful light oranges to the deep red. Carnelian in the darker reds (like pictured) is prized by many.

Carnelian is rumored to attract prosperity and good luck; however, in my own practice I rely on carnelian for it’s more well-known qualities of stiumlation, creativity, strength and confidence. All qualities that I find essential to obtain success.

The Carnelian wand pictured is one of the stones I use daily as it resides permanently on my Triple Goddess Altar, a permenent part of my desk. It aids me in maintaining creative energy throughout the day while giving me confidence to speak with grace and truth to each person that calls or writes. It’s a very energetic stone.

Anytime you are looking for a little boost in energy or confidence, Carnelian is a good stone to turn to. Keep a tumbled carnelian in your pocket during the day for boosts of energy when needed or when your confidence begins lagging.

Posted on 19 December '12 by , under Gemstones, Training. No Comments.

Celestite – gemstone of angels & peace

Celestite Crystal Geode/Sphere broken open to reveal a truly stunning blue crystalline structure inside.

Celestite Crystal Geode/Sphere broken open to reveal a truly stunning blue crystalline structure inside.

Celestite is such a peaceful stone, I thought I’d share mine with you. I’ve had this stone near me for quite sometime. This particular piece I purchased at my former local store The Crystal Garden, in Boynton Beach FL. Margaret has an amazing eye for beautiful gemstones and this cracked open geode piece spoke to me right away.

Celestite is also known as Celestine and can be found in clear, white, blue, green, yellow or gray colors. While these colors are all available the most common seen in stores is the blue variety.

Offering a gentle and uplifting energy, celestite can help raise your awareness of spirit and spiritual matters. I have found that having this on my desk during the day also helps me maintain a peaceful and joyful attitude. With this it helps balance out the energy fields of all those in the room and helps cleanse the throat chakra. Additionally, if placed on the third eye it can heighten your spiritual awareness and cleanse/open your third eye.

Celestite can be used to establish communication with the angelic realm and put you in contact regularly with angel helpers for this lifetime. It is also said that Celestite can help lead us towards enlightenment through the peace it will bring us along side divine love, which makes it a fantastic stone for meditation.

For me personally, I definitely find that my life is transforming day over day. A note of care of Celestite, keep it out of direct sunlight as the sunlight will leach the color from it. The crystals can be quite breakable so keep away from places it can be dropped or played with by small hands and paws.

A noted side-effect of having Celestite in my working space is an increased amount of creativity flowing from me. I have amazing crafty ideas when sitting at my desk and have made some beautiful beaded peaces while working with celestite.

Posted on 18 December '12 by , under Gemstones, Growth, Life, meditation, Spirituality. 2 Comments.

I am blessed…

Keith & I at Muir Overlook a month or two ago

Keith & I at Muir Overlook a month or two ago

While life is often filled with a roller coaster of emotions, this morning I am taking pause to realize that I am blessed in this life.  I am surrounded with people who love me and work in a field that fulfills me both in heart and spirit.  My husband is positively amazing in supporting me in what I do.

The roller coaster of this year has been pretty busy and yet at the end of the day I know I am blessed to be alive right now with this family and this love in my life.

Roller Coaster events of this year that were rather traumatic for me:

  • Found out Dad has Lung Cancer
  • Work things for K were not always good
  • Interview process for K’s new job across the country was intense
  • Smoking was still happening despite Lung Cancer and Chemo treatments
  • Cross Country MOVE!
  • Settling into a new state and town!
  • Job craziness for me
  • Poppy dies
  • Dad gets admitted for a hospital stay (still there it’s intense)
  • Physical store from my work is closing in 11 days
Lorien & I on Thanksgiving at her Mom's

Lorien & I on Thanksgiving at her Mom’s

All in all pretty stressful as these are the highlights.  I am blazing new trails, creating new traditions in my new home state and loving every minute of it.

Every minute leads to something new and amazing.  The first major holiday we experienced was Thanksgiving.  We spent this with my best friend and her family over in Napa.  It was a wonderful time and a tradition that I am going to enjoy doing for years to come.

Decorations have gone up at home, another first in many years for Yule. ¬†Heck we’ve even started doing Yule gifts for family and are making sure that we cover every bit of our new family. ¬†I am so thankful to have this family out here that has taken us and added us to their lovely hearts. ¬†I am truly looking forward to Yule and Christmas this year. ¬†As each day comes and goes I feel more and more comfortable in my own skin, with my own talents and with what I do with my life. ¬†I am far from perfect and the holidays burn me out like none other, being in retail, and yet I would not give it up for the world. ¬†I hope to be doing this until I am old and gray.

Decorations on the front of the house.  The faux "pine" garland is wrapped around the entire entry banister area and then the wreath is made by me.

Decorations on the front of the house. The faux “pine” garland is wrapped around the entire entry banister area and then the wreath is made by me.

So yes, life has it’s ups and downs and yes it can be quite challenging AND painful, it is also infinitely enriching and delightful. ¬†Like no other time in my life, I feel truly blessed with opportunity, joy, laughter and love and my family and friends are the gifts that keep blessing me.

No matter what happens in your life, in your days, in your moments, let your breath be stolen by beauty, let your love be captured, share your blessings with friends and family.  We are all blessed to be able to walk this path and lifetime together.  I thank each of you for being a part of my life and hope to continue into the future.

Posted on 18 December '12 by , under Growth, Holidays, Life. No Comments.

It’s beginning to look like Yule!

Yule Altar in the Living Room.  Altar cloth (hard to see) quilted by my Mother in Law, pine cone harvested by me!

Yule Altar in the Living Room. Altar cloth (hard to see) quilted by my Mother in Law, pine cone harvested by me!

Around the house it’s starting to look like Yule. I’ve two altars set up this year. Pictured to the left is the altar in my living room in the wee hours of the morning.

This is the first time in years I’ve felt like decorating, it is a lovely change for sure.

Outside I have wrapped “pine” looking garland around the railings and made a little wreath which hangs on the banister outside. It looks lovely.

This is our first Yule away from our families and we are planning on spending it with our chosen family in Napa. Lorien & her family are fabulous and I really am looking forward to the new fun with them.

It’s been amazing sharing traditions with my extended family out here and well just comfortable really. It was easy to slide in at thanksgiving and feel a part of the family. I have a feeling Christmas might be a little more difficult since we are used to sharing it with Keith’s folks and their friends every year so this year will be the 2nd holiday of this year without them. I don’t know but I am looking forward to it just the same.

It is amazing to me exactly how different the world is when you are happy. ¬†I feel like myself…like truly like myself. ¬†I am an awesome person with a lot of love and laughter to share with my friends and family. ¬†I am enjoying all my hobbies again and spending time out in nature walking and so many other things that I had forgotten I loved doing!

This post is going to be picture heavy since I want to share the pictures I put on Instagram last night of the house and my altars. ūüôā Let the pictures begin, the smaller pictures will open up to a larger image! ¬†The last three are Instagram taken the Altar I took with my Nikon D70 in low light early morning.

The Yule Tree is a baby Cypress that is potted.  I will be able to put it in the ground in Spring!

The Yule Tree is a baby Cypress that is potted. I will be able to put it in the ground in Spring!

Decorations on the front of the house.  The faux "pine" garland is wrapped around the entire entry banister area and then the wreath is made by me.

Decorations on the front of the house. The faux “pine” garland is wrapped around the entire entry banister area and then the wreath is made by me.

I went with red lights for the window up front and LOVE how they look.  They are held in place with suction cups and are LED so they use less electricity and are brighter than traditional lights!

I went with red lights for the window up front and LOVE how they look. They are held in place with suction cups and are LED so they use less electricity and are brighter than traditional lights!

I put this wreath together with a base I picked up at Michael's and then added the blue and silver glittered pinecones and red bells at the bottom and the ornaments around it.  I like it!

I put this wreath together with a base I picked up at Michael’s and then added the blue and silver glittered pinecones and red bells at the bottom and the ornaments around it. I like it!

Posted on 14 December '12 by , under Holidays, Life. No Comments.

Memories…Past, Present, & Future

Dewy Morning Hike & the Leaf

To say that life is busy would be a huge understatement.  To say that I live a very full life, also an understatement.  I am truly thankful for the opportunities that I am afforded in this lifetime.

Now that the “disclaimer” has been stated, I’d like to get off the roller coaster for just a little while. ¬†This year has been an INTENSE year. ¬†There is no other word that encompasses what has happened other than intense. ¬†Some of the highlights include wanting to move, coming to terms that I would be stuck in FL forever most likely, finding out my Dad has lung cancer, finding out my grandpa has Alzheimers and was sliding down that slope, coming to terms with smokers in my life that continue despite the health risks, realizing I cannot own another persons decision to continue doing things harmful for them, finding out we are moving after all (OMG), moving all the way across the country with my best friend (and love of my life) and a very dear friend (<3 you Jenn) and all our animals. ¬†Now that the dust is settling and the move is done. ¬†Routines are being drawn.

I’ve been sick twice since the move in August. ¬†I am “wrapping up” the current cold in the next couple of days. ¬†The lingering cough and congestion are annoying but I can taste food again and smell at last. ¬† This year is the Year of the Dragon. ¬†Dragon energy is about transformation and wisdom. ¬†I’ve definitely seen the transformation happening all around me. ¬†It’s hard to even know where to begin with the amount of transformation that I have personally witnessed. ¬†From job changes, to family members passing, to a cross country move, to new traditions for my little family. ¬†Everything changed this year.

Right now I am very introspective. ¬†I recently lost my Aunt Lois unexpectedly and suddenly. ¬†I was unable to fly out for her service. ¬†I loved her very much (and still do!). ¬†She has passed to the realm of angels and will look over her family until she is ready to be reborn. ¬†Right now I am struggling very much between being sick and shedding this cold and the sadness that threatens to take over my heart. ¬†My grandpa (Poppy) has alzheimer’s disease. ¬†While the disease is devastating in of itself he’s also 86 and very tired. ¬†So here I sit in California missing my grandpa, who in my head is a feisty and funny guy. ¬†In my head I watch him and my Mammy kid around and joke it up and pick on us grandkids. ¬†These are the memories that I will carry with me of him through all my days. ¬†Right now he’s just tired. ¬†I think he’s ready to move on. ¬†I am sad that I may never see his smile and hear his laugh again but that is my loss, my feelings. ¬†On the other hand I am very glad he is moving to the next stage of his life and growth as a spiritual being. ¬†I hope this transition is easy for him.

So yes a huge year that has been non-stop busy and evolutionary for me as a spiritual being. ¬†Twice a week quotes go in the Sacred Mists Shoppe Newsletter. ¬†Today’s quote is something that I thought about and dug out of my heart and something I am working very hard at doing daily. ¬† I wrote this for today:

The kindest word in all the world is the unkind word, unsaid. ~Author Unknown

I’ve been working on what I call mindful speaking. To me this means that no word comes out of my mouth that has not been considered for choice. I endeavor to not blurt out everything that comes from my thoughts as some of the words are crass or foul and I could be better served by using the vocabulary I have at my disposal. My exercise for today is to not speak a “cuss” word and to speak from the heart and spirit in kindness and with love. Each person I speak to today will receive a compliment, a blessing or merely a smile in passing. Practicing kindness brings more kind and gentle emotions to the world as a whole around us. Will you lift spirits with me today?!

I wrote that for the Sacred Mists Shoppe Newsletter on Dec 7.  I had a wonderful day, got called into the shop due to illness and worked pretty hard all day.  It was good but lively and filled with wonderful people coming in and out of the store.

It’s been almost a week and things have not really slowed down for me. ¬†Holiday times are always the busiest and when you throw in Christmas along-side Yule well, you get the idea. ūüėČ

*subject change*

Yesterday was my normal day in the store and it was steady with people coming in to talk all day, which I absolutely adore.  Only one thing marred the otherwise wonderful day.  I got *the call* from my Mom.  My Poppy passed yesterday.  It was a hard afternoon for me to keep it together so I stuffed it all into a box to the point of numbness and carried on.

Now that I’ve had some quiet time to myself, I’ve been able to deal with the grief of losing his presence on this plane and move past it. ¬†I said a little prayer for him on the way home. ¬†“A brave warrior has fallen, not on the battlefield in war but at the ripe old age of 86. ¬†He’s battled Alzheimer’s valiantly and need not battle the pain any longer. ¬†May his soul be forever young in Valhalla. ¬†I will see you again Poppy. ¬†I love you.” ¬†It was hard for me to get to this point and I could not say it without tears and even typing it I get a little misty.

He is in a better place, I will see him again and we will have other lives as family.  I lift my chalice to you in memory of all you have done for the family over the years.  Your laugh echoes my mind and heart always.

I’ll keep on working and getting things caught up. ¬†I will share where I can and what I can. ¬†May your day be blessed.

Posted on 13 December '12 by , under Death, Growth, Life. 4 Comments.