Thursday, April 21, 2016

A Mysterious Yet Hopeful Quad

Do you ever take photos or scans of readings then forget what you were reading about? D'oh! I hate it when I do that. In this case, I'm not 100% sure what I was reading about, but I think it was about my husband's work prospects for this year. Then again, maybe not? In any case, why not just tap into the positive concepts listed here, and not care what it's about? Why not, eh?

Hope, Growth, Patience and Gain. It seems very linear, showing that first inkling of fresh energy, the hope driving something toward a path of growth, the patience needed on that path, and the gain that follows. With this energy, I could see anything being nurtured to fruition.

Much Love,

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Tell n' Show Tuesday: My Essental Oil Shelf

Excuse my super-artsy photo of this. Hah! The lighting on this side of the kitchen is really low, so it's hard to get a good photo. I used flash but the images are still a bit blurry of the bottles themselves. And then, as per usual, I had to add some random artsy effects to go along with it. Despite that, I'm sure you get the idea!

I just love my little essential oils shelf. It is from a local thrift store. The story about how I got it is sort of silly. I saw the shelf at the thrift store one day several months back, and I picked it up to look at it, but set it down only for a moment. A little boy, maybe 7 years of age, saw the small shelf and picked it up and ran off with it. I was disappointed because I had wanted the shelf but I lost track of it and someone else picked it up. I chalked it up to finders keepers and left it at that.

A week or so passed, and my mom, remembering that I wanted a shelf for my essential oils, found and purchased the shelf for me, not entirely remembering that I had seen that very shelf when we were together the last time at this thrift store. Maybe on an unconscious level she had remembered, but I was thrilled to get my mini shelf. My husband attached it to the wall near our tea nook (it fits perfectly on the thick wall edge, the place where the two walls meet) and ever since then I go over there, pretty much daily, to figure out what oils I am using for the day.

It's true, I don't really have a ton of essential oils. I'd love to have 200 times this, but the nice thing about having the smaller amount is that I can easily see what I have on hand because it's on the wall in my kitchen, within easy access, where I can select oils to use in salves, soaps, cleaners, bath soaks, solid lotion bars, cooking and more! In fact, I'd argue that this is why I try to keep the number of decks I have to under 40, so that I can actually use them. Even now, I'm pondering going down even further--maybe to 20 decks. But for now, I'll keep the number where it is.

Just yesterday I combined my two bottles of organic oregano oil (that I love adding to soups or Italian meals, or even taco meat), because I needed to make room for the bottle of Desert Essence organic lavender and tea tree oil essential oil blend. Plus, I really like keeping the oils on one shelf so I don't do something silly like accidentally drink drops of essential oil because I confused them for my bottle of liquid vitamin D3...hehe!

The older I get the more I want to streamline what I have, getting rid of or using up what I have already before getting something more that I don't really need. This is, admittedly, a habit that's hard to break, because I love fun, pretty and aromatic things. I'm always wanting to buy amazing oils, lotions, candles, and on and on. I could go shopping every day and buy something new--but I'm trying to break out of having to do that on a regular basis. It feels good to be more frugal.

So that's my Tell n' Show for today.


Monday, April 18, 2016

The Answer Deck's Riddle: Greed, Wealth & Reconciling All That

I got out The Answer Deck today, that diminutive little gem of a deck that can really pack a wallop. Sometimes this deck is a bit too intense for me, which kinda proved to be true today when I was reading with it, but I still love it nonetheless. In some ways, this reminds me of another of my favorite decks: The Tea Leaf Fortune Cards.

This reading was interesting to me, though its true meaning is sort of unclear to me. On either side of the reading we have Greed and Wealth--two cards which would definitely make sense to see together. With one often comes the other--due to human nature. The woman in the reading--does she reconcile the two? A desire for money and not wanting to be greedy? Or is reconciliation referring to something entirely different? I will definitely try to keep these concepts in mind this week.


Thursday, April 14, 2016

A Trio of Runes and My Daughter's Cycle

I felt like pulling the runes out last night, so I went ahead and pulled three runes and these are the ones I got. Granted, I am not as familiar with runes as some people are, since oracle cards and tarot are my primary divination choice, but I do love to use I-Ching and runes on occasion, and I find their answers to be very interesting and a refreshing alternative to tarot.

I looked up the various meanings to these three cards, and I was glad to see that none of them were merkstave (aka reversed), and for some reason I liked the pull so much that I left it out overnight next to my bed and fell asleep with it there.

Here are some super basic meanings for these runes, just for reference:

Dagaz: Balance, awakening, awareness, new change, vision
Thurisaz: Protection, regeneration, a catalyst, force
Jera: Cycles, a year, completion, harvest

So, I felt like this reading was somewhat momentous--showing a kind of almost forceful new beginning but with good consequences. I had no idea whatsoever what it was talking about, really, but this morning when I woke up and I was making breakfast for my daughter and she was getting ready for school she approached me and asked me how she would know if she had gotten her period. I asked her about it, and it turns out she had started her period!

The best part about all of this is that she seemed totally calm and nonchalant about it. I explained in a matter-of-fact but cheerful way how to use pads and when to check them and gave any other advice that came to mind. We were both almost relieved--I had been noticing her moodiness and growth over the past year or so. I was very impressed by how smoothly it went. I thought about how much I had agonized over how to deal with it, since my own menstruation cycle did not begin on the best of terms. I was in the middle of math class and it started--and I was teased and tormented by my classmates. Ugh!

But...I was so proud of my daughter and how she really took it into stride. She said something really funny and cute along the lines of, 'Oh, well that all makes sense! I look and feel like a little woman." Of course, that could change, but she knows I will be here if she has any questions. There is something to be said about allowing a space for things to come in--letting yourself soften into the experience instead of cringing and waiting for all hell to break loose, a habit that I am trying to extricate myself from.

I remembered the runes I pulled last night when I came back to the house after dropping off my daughter, and I reached for the bag and pulled a rune about my daughter's cycle, and the Dagaz rune came up again, which was part of the trio from last night.

Much Love,