Friday, October 17, 2014

Whips, House & Stork: Cracking the Whip on a House Move

I wanted to pull a trio of cards from the Tattered Nomad Oracle, just to see what comes up and awaits us for the next week. I suppose I shouldn't have been surprised to see the House card in there! I admit, I was not happy to see Whip as the first card in the spread. Haha! I mean, there's the sexual meaning which is fun and all, and I won't discount that either (hey--we need a stress release during the move!) but I think the general meaning of stress makes sense. On the Learn Lenormand site key words for Whips are:

ARGUMENTS, discussions, separation, sports, physical activity, abuse.

That makes sense to me.  I suppose there is a lot of most of these things during a move. Lots of discussions, separation from one house to the other--lots of physical activity, and stress.

With this move, the next few days things should be a bit on the busy side, to put it mildly. I've been packing for the past couple of weeks or so, and last weekend we stuffed a storage unit full of most of our belongings. What's left is the remainder of the boxes and the large furniture.

Saturday (tomorrow), we'll be consolidating the straggler bits from around the house--packing up the odds and ends and moving everything into a common space for ease of transport into the moving van. This sounds simple but I imagine it will take several hours.  I'll also be cleaning some.

Sunday we will load all of the remaining items from our house into the 26 ft. Uhaul truck, and once the house is empty, we'll clean every room. Dusting, sweeping, mopping, etc.

We'll spend the night at a local hotel on Sunday, and on Monday we'll do two closings then unload the Uhaul into the new house. Then, we have the rest of the crap to get out of storage. BUT, I don't think we'll get things out of storage until the following weekend, to save ourselves some hassle.

Anyway! When I saw this trio my idea about its meaning was some annoyance/hassle/stress around the house move. The Stork pointed to a new condition, and the House seemed literal enough.

I thought the duos I read about on were a bit too pat, but I enjoy them as a jumping off platform for interpretation:

Whip + house (4): home gym, domestic abuse, family arguments
House + stork (17): change of residence, remodeling

Looking at this, we see the rather dramatic duo which includes domestic abuse and family arguments. Now, I don't expect to have horrible arguments or domestic abuse, but I do think moving is stressful on a family. So I think, in this case, the whips and house combo shows stress around a house situation.

The House and Stork combo shows the new house thing. And this duo actually mentions a change of residence, a new house. Remodeling isn't altogether incorrect either, as there are some minor repairs and painting that we'll need to do soon after moving in. :)

All in all, this reading was easy to interpret (in my opinion, anyway), and made sense.

Ultimately, I know this will be a good move, despite the temporary stress.

Much love to y'all and be back later,

Monday, October 13, 2014

Freedom Amid Chaos

Here is a card I pulled last night, in the midst of rampant thoughts of moving chaos. Freedom? In the midst of chaos? Hard to imagine, but it's what we have to do in order to feel sane. I'll try to use this as a guideline for any situation where I feel tied down to something, beholden to someone else, or concerned about not having any options. There are always options, and we always have choices and a voice.

See y'all next week. I might wait to blog until after I've moved and things have settled a bit.


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Dogs & Whale: Seek Out Friends, Don't Worry

I've still been feeling pretty tense and anxious lately, even with my resolution to relax, an increase in meditation and tapping, and other measures. But hey...what do you expect, self? I've been sick for two weeks (I'm at the very tail end and almost well, just drained and a bit off), and I move in a week. I'm on my period. Etc. Ordinary suffering, right? Haha!! The truth is...sometimes you can't completely rid yourself of anxiety. You simply have to push through it to the other side--knowing that stressful conditions are usually temporary. Everything is temporary, though some things are more enduring.

Even so, I was glad to see this duo which provided a needed reminder for me. Try to relax and get together with friends, and realize that many of my worries are much ado about nothing. I may not be able to relax entirely because I am in that 'must get things done' mode, but I can set aside as many worries as possible and try to relax in the company of friends.


Monday, October 6, 2014

Behind-the-Scenes Reading Update: Inspection Objection

Hello Folks!

Here is a reading I did last week, after we had the house we're purchasing inspected. Although we had an 'as is' clause in the contract, we went ahead and asked if they could figure out what is causing the leak we noticed in the shower and water heater area. We wanted to determine what was causing it so we could save some money if we needed to fix it.

Our realtor, being gutsier than we are, set up what is called an 'inspection objection', where we have the sellers check something out and possibly fix something, in this case, the leak in the downstairs shower or water heater. I pulled this card the day of the inspection objection, before I knew what the sellers would say back.

When I saw these cards I thought they looked fairly positive in terms of an outcome. You have the Lovers, showing a choice being made, and also some sort of connection or agreement, as in us or the couple selling the house. There's the 3 of Wands, showing someone awaiting results from something they put in motion, but generally this card has a favorable meaning, in my experience.

There is the Fool combined with the High Priestess, indicating a need for trust in the situation and one's intuition. And finally there's the 6 of Cups (which feels friendly and generous enough), along with the 10 of Pentacles, which I see as fulfillment on a physical plane, and is also a card I see frequently for house-related things.

I put things out of my mind. At worst, they would say that they wouldn't bring a plumber in and they wouldn't fix anything. But then I received a notice back from my realtor over the weekend saying that they had a licensed plumber check and that the leak is from damaged shower caulking and that they would fix the leak!

So, a positive outcome all in all. I will be back next week, I think. Lots to do and less than two weeks until we move! I send you all good wishes!


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Autumn Leaves: Don't Fear Change

Even though I don't often use this deck, I'm glad I did today. The card I received is, 'Autumn Leaves' which is about timely change. The message is similar to the Death cards I've pulled recently. Flowery and overly metaphysical description aside, the message of timely letting go and transformation is a good one.

When I stopped to think about the meaning, I realized how very afraid I am of change.  Just last night I was telling my husband how attached I get to everything: people, places, things. I know this isn't an unusual sentiment, but I feel especially unnerved by the process of change, and I feel it triggers deep emotional reactions and anxieties.

So, my task right now is to stay on top of what needs to be done while prioritizing relaxation. I have not felt well with this week-long cold, so I've found it hard to relax, because being sick triggers my anxiety as well, but I am hopeful that I can embrace this change rather than cringe from it.

Happy Autumn, Folks!


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Memento Mori Signals October Changes

Happy October, everyone!

Here is a card I chose to post for today using the Graven Images Oracle app on my phone.

Good ole death, right? Major changes, or, occasionally...literal death. Though I try not to predict death. I don't think it's a good idea!

It's funny, because when I went to pull a card the Death card was still on my screen from another oracle app I had open. Then when I pulled a card from the Graven Oracle, this card came up.

It's certainly true that we're in transition! We're moving this month. Lots of packing, moving on. We're moving to a different city and a new house, and hoping for the best! There are some annoying things that come with a move. It certainly makes you feel uprooted. But, hopefully, it will be for the best.

Sending you all beneficial endings and joyful beginnings,

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Strategy as Stress Relief

I've been feeling icky, sick and, admittedly, overwhelmed by my impending move.

I don't think I fully realized this until today, went I felt teary and anxious on top of the fatigue, nausea and cold symptoms I had. I decided to take some deep breaths and pop in an audiobook by Michael Neill (Effortless Success), since it has a soothing effect on me, and I pulled a card from the Energy Oracle App on my phone as I was listening.

The card I received was Strategy. Amusingly, as I pulled the card the audiobook started talking about strategy. There was a lot of overlap in the meaning of this card and what was being discussed in the audiobook, which was cool.

I do feel that having a plan and taking steps consciously toward it, are ways to relieve tension. Especially when the feeling of stress is largely rooted in having a hell of a lot to do, as in a move. I was telling my husband the other day that we should do a kind moving checklist so that we don't waste brain power trying to figure out what we haven't done yet.

There is something to be said about actions that are practical and grounding.