Monday, April 27, 2015

Cleaning House: A Literal Directive

I like this card because it has a really breezy, practical feeling to it. Whether it's emotional or physical clutter, it's a good reminder for one and all. This is particularly good right now because we were just discussing our desire to finally sort through, donate and tidy up the sun room and a couple other areas in the house. Yesterday, we had our daughter go through several boxes of her old stuff and she is willing to part with almost all of it, most of it being random pointless stuff. I'm packing it up and donating it tomorrow. Once that is done it will be a lot easier to actually set up and put the sun room in order so it no longer looks like a storage room. We wanted to do this before it got consistently warm and we were using the room more. Right now, it's an unheated room in the house (it's a 3 season sunroom) that we don't go in to for very long, but soon we'll be using it more.

Also, I plan to do some basic sweeping, cleaning and tidying of the house before I have guests (a small handful of local women friends) on Wednesday. My house isn't a giant pigsty, but I always feel better when I clean before guests arrive. Plus, it gives me ample reason and excuse to do a little spring cleaning.

Wishing you all tidy tidings,

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Encouragement: Kind Words for the Journey

The image on the lower left is from the Chrysalis Tarot. :)

Here's a card I pulled recently that I wanted to share with y'all.

There are times where we really need encouragement and external validation. I know it's not always popular to ask for validation--because it is seen as being needy or weak, but the truth is we all really blossom under the feedback and encouragement of others.

That is why I was touched by the kind words about my readings when I put out feelers earlier this week asking for testimonials for my readings. I received a couple of replies so far, and everyone was willing to say something thoughtful, which was so great. Thanks, Chloƫ!

Here's a screen shot of two such testimonials I received, and I am celebrating them! I am trying to embrace any and all positive input, no matter what.

If you can't see the small print go to my website. Anyway! I am working on allowing this sort of input, as I see how I've often isolated myself from it. As an artist, I would remove myself from the art community, seeing it as intimidating, or maybe feeling less than.

Sending you all goodness,

Friday, April 24, 2015

Nine of Mirrors: Joy and Wishes

This is a lovely card, isn't it? I love the blue and gold/brown combination. Plus, it's a just a really positive card to get. I wanted something nice to post on the blog, and when this card was pulled from my Chrysalis Tarot app I was glad. This card is often seen as the 'wish' card. Make a sincere wish or intention and put it out there. You may be surprised what happens.

Today is a good case in point. I was thinking to myself earlier this week that I would love to have a couple of tarot clients for the week, especially since money is pretty tight at the moment. I was thinking two or maybe three clients in the next week would be great. Then I sort of forgot about my little intention. Lo and behold, today I had two people approach me about a reading. One person already purchased a reading and the other one wants to set up a reading for next week! never know what will come along, and you can talk about it, put it out there, or otherwise engage in something in a sincere way to get your wishes granted. But keep in mind, it requires being receptive and then taking action on opportunities that show up.


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

None of the Above

Have you ever answered a multiple choice question which had a few options, and then a final option which was 'none of the above'?  When you ruled out the first three options you knew it had to be that. It just wasn't the other options listed there.

Now, I'm beginning to think this is somewhat the case with me and my personal interests. I tend to see things narrowly. I realized this in full technicolor recently, while I was trying, yet again, to push myself into a tight box defined as what I thought I could do, as opposed to what might exist outside of that box in a world full of possibility.

I never thought of myself as overly logical, as I value intuition and creativity above all, but I find that I've been operating largely on a left-brained level, thinking my way into and out of situations (mostly creative ventures) which seem logical (since, those things are things I 'can' do) but are largely unsatisfying to me. In my rare intuitive state I see a little tiny flicker of recognition, where I see that I'm boxing myself in, not seeing the wider array of options that I'm really open to.

For instance, how many stories have you heard of an artist who suddenly discovers they love cooking pastries and opens up an amazing organic bakery? Or the accountant turned musician? Or the lawyer who become a midwife or any number of things. It's not a logical leap. It's just a passion. As Michael Neil would say--there's nothing logical about desire. You want it because you want it, not because so and so said you should want it. Your desire is beautiful in its unreasonableness. Maybe someone wants to travel all over the world but it doesn't seem practical financially. And yet...they're really pulled to do it. And that being the case, the pull is often enough by itself to get the person there. As long as they're willing to be pulled forward by that desire and sense of exploration.

And that's where I think my main issue comes in. I'm not really willing to be pulled much of the time. I keep my creativity in a bit of a choke hold. I want to follow the breadcrumb trail of my inspiration, intuition and passion, but yet I'm also very afraid to at the same time.

Let me add that there's nothing wrong with any of the things I've done creatively. All of creativity is worthwhile and good. Whether I'm painting or writing or photo editing or making soaps or bath salts it's all good. But it may, however, not really be something I want to take on as a major thing. 

At the moment, when I find myself looking at my options, including doing tarot reading professionally, I don't feel drawn to any of it. So, I find myself choosing the sometimes uncomfortable quiet space of 'None of the above', at least at the moment, because I get the feeling there's a buried desire that I'm not following. I'm always settling for that semi-logical choice. My goal now is just to find that spark and let it turn into a bonfire, or at least a camp fire.


Saturday, April 18, 2015

Algiz: Protection and Self Belief

I pulled this rune last night. I enjoy the runes but I don't find myself particularly drawn to them most of the time, so I decided to go ahead and post this one, since I so rarely do.

A quote from about this rune:

"Courage in the face of fear is central, not the absence of fear, because fear may or may not be a warning to us that protection and defensiveness is necessary. Algiz supplies the insight necessary to make such judgments."

So, the simple message I'll take from this today is to put doubt on the back burner, suspend disbelief, and otherwise try to let go of the cloud of fear that always seems to follow me around like Pigpen, connected to any idea or endeavor I might concoct. Having fear, true fear, isn't a problem. But anxiety is just the jumpy machinations of the mind. It shouldn't stop me from living life.

Much Love,

Aries New Moon: Trust the Process

This card pull reminded me of the message of today's lunation with the New Moon in Aries.

Here's a link to several descriptions from various astrologers about this new moon. The simplest explanation is courage in new beginnings. Aries is the first sign of the zodiac and as such has an initiation sort of energy. Starting that new project, taking the initiative. Step forward in some way. So, trusting the process, as this card suggestions, is a great card to get for today.

A quote from Kelley Rosano about this new moon:

What happens when you have one foot in the boat (new life) and one foot on the dock (old life)? Yes, your butt ends up in the water. We do not have to know how the future will work out to move forward.
“You are being asked to have courage, faith and trust…The ego goes into fear because it can’t control what is happening. Control is an illusion. The only thing we can control is our response to what is happening.
“The ego is going into fear because you have never been here before. You are charting new territory. So, when the ego pulls up past occurrences that are fear based to understand your current experience. This too is an illusion.
“The past does not equal the future. In other words, you cannot define what is happening now from what has occurred in your past. You are creating the future by the choices you make today. Will you choose love or fear?
“… Ask yourself, ‘What am I afraid of today?’ Answer zero. Your power is in the present. The future will take care of itself. The past is history. It is time to be brave…”
“Mars is the ruler of Aries. He is in the sign of Taurus. Mars is reminding you to take your time. Move slowly and be more deliberate in your steps. Quality is better than quantity…”

Wishing you all well,

Friday, April 17, 2015

Six of Swords: Improvement and Silving Linings

Here's a duo of cards I pulled for today. Well, when I say today, I recognize that pulls have a longer influence than just one day (usually!) but anyway. I was thinking about my health and my general well being and motivation, and pulling these cards made sense. The Six of Swords often shows an improvement after a rocky start, and the Krishna card is about seeing the good in a potentially annoying or bad situation. Certainly being dizzy for four months and having ongoing sinus and other infections counts as annoying.

Yesterday I had my appointment with the chiropractor/nutritionist lady. It was good. I told her I'd been noticing sounds of fluid and crackling in my ears. My husband did some research and saw that the crackling noise is good because it means air is actually starting to circulate in your ears and things may be breaking up in a good way, that is.

Anyway, my chiro lady put me on an immune-boosting regime which I started yesterday, to help clear up the lingering issues. I won't go into boring detail, but that's the basic gist of it. I just have to get over the hump of whatever is triggering my ongoing sinus issues/allergies which were made worse by a nasty cold/flu in December and then just lingered for months and got into my ears. I like that, with this practitioner, she is uncovering the layers and investigating what is going on rather than just throwing drugs at me!

The Krishna card is a good reminder to see the positive side of illness. When you get sick it seems like a good call and cause to pay attention to what you're doing in your life to create such imbalance. What are you ignoring? How badly are you taking care of yourself? What are you not doing that you know you should be? Self care impacts more than just ourselves. It impacts our partners and children. So, I'm hoping to get to the bottom of this and take care of myself so that I can be healthy for myself and everyone else.

I admit it, when I woke up feeling really crappy I was starting to feel discouraged, but I realized that I could likely change how I was feeling with my actions (diet, stress management and other things), then I started to slowly work on what I could do in the moment to feel better. I started my period, my sinuses were hurting and I felt dizzy and I just generally felt bad, and yet somehow I also felt hopeful, because I knew that I was not going to accept feeling bad as my default.  I know that improvement is just around the corner. That's why these cards are a great focus for me today.

I hope everyone has a good weekend! I'll be resting and doing some low key chores.