Sunday, April 20, 2014
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
I decided to pull a single card from the one-of-a-kind Tarot Fauxbergé. I received the Hermit. Sparkly though he may be (decked out in glitter, as all the cards are in this deck), he still represents a kind of meditative, quiet, spare, alone-time vibe. He shows up for me today appropriately enough. I've been with my daughter more than usual this week and today is a day that I have to be quiet and have some time to myself. Thursday and Friday she is home due to parent-teacher conferences. All of Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday she will be home with me. She was also home Monday due to a teacher work day. I appreciate today when she is in school.
Sending you all mellow mid-week love,
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
I decided to pull a single card using the Earth Magic Oracle Cards App I have on my phone. I really dig this app because the images are so compelling, crisp and a great springboard for intuition. The descriptions are also quite thorough and thought-provoking.
In particular, seeing this river image can do a couple different things for me. When viewed through a lens of fear, I could see myself hurtling down a fast-moving river with zero control, grasping reeds as I go past, trying to stop the movement, or I can lazily float down on an inner tube, allowing the river to carry me. I know! Super cliche, but it works! Great metaphor.
I have been known to fight the flow of my life on too many occasions. As I've often told my husband, I will get an impulse to do something, throw myself into it, only to quickly go back into my shell, scamper back to safety, to my little cave or sequestered hut, away from the influence of others or from any sort of risk. Two steps forward, two steps back.
To be specific, I decided to teach four workshops this spring/summer at a local coffee shop. There is one per month and all of the workshops center around very low key, relaxation-based topics that require little to no art experience. For some reason I really gravitate toward art that requires more relaxation and flow than technique or talent. I find that the hardest thing I had to do in teaching (when I taught 8-10 years ago), was trying to get the students to relax. There was so much self-judgement involved in the creation of art pieces and so little trust in the process. And so, I feel this lead me to a path of teaching in a way that opened up the possibilities, made the process less precise and more intuitive. In effect, I feel like I combined my love of intuition with my tendency toward creativity.
In truth, I get really nervous teaching classes or workshops. I've done it before and every time I get consumed by fear. Even with this class this coming Saturday, the 19th, I feel myself clenching up. But it's humorous considering the class is supposed to be very low maintenance. Plus, there will only be a few people there. It will be small, intimate and low pressure. This just goes to show that the real pressure in a person's life comes from the inside. I know what you're thinking, though...there are jobs that are very high pressure such as being president, but for most people, we add heaps of unnecessary stress to our lives via our expectations of ourselves, others, and situations.
I haven't prepared anything yet for Saturday, and I feel that, besides prepping materials and a couple very basic exercises for people to follow, I am not going to go overboard on the planning. I feel that, whenever I do that, I tend to do so from a place of anxiety rather than confidence.
I included the Dana (High Priestess) card from the Goddess Guidance Oracle App. I received this card last night and I thought it was a good companion card to the River card. Both serve as a good reminder and focus for me as I head into the next several months, embracing rather than running from opportunities that arise in the creative sphere.
Friday, April 11, 2014
Sorry I haven't been posted very much the past month or so. Not that it matters that much. I know that a person should only post when they feel like it, and I know that, if you're like me, you have a ton of blogs to read and are always behind in reading them! But I do miss blogging daily or at least a couple of times a week. I am not sure what pulls me away from blogging. I think, in part, it was socializing last month. I felt drained a lot, even though the stimulation of connecting in a social sphere was helpful to me. This month, so far, I have no real excuse to not blog, except that I have simply gotten out of the habit of doing so.
I whipped out my The Answer is Simple Oracle Deck for a quick three card reading on the influence and focus of the next couple of months, through June. What a lively trio of cards, don't you think? I mean, color-wise, this deck is pretty bright. But this trio seems especially brilliant to me. Maybe it's the lush green in the first card, or the multi-colored splendor of the other two. In combination they feel very active and a little intense, almost.
The first two cards seem to be a sort of cautionary tale. We have Step Away from the Crowd, which is fairly self-explanatory, but I'll quote a bit from the booklet so you can see:
"You're suffering from a case of too much talking, your own and others'. You can't hear your spirit because it's drowned out by too many ego voices and opinions. No doubt about it, you need some time alone."
Interesting. This is actually different than what I thought the card was about! Apparently this card is more like the Hermit or the 4 of Swords than it is like what I first imagined, which is expressing your unique perspective, and going against the status quo. But it seems the more important part is quieting down and having time to yourself to do that. Alrighty!
The next card, Drop It, is one of my favorites. Maybe because I've come to believe that sometimes the best thing you can do in a situation is to just drop it. Staying in something just because it seems like the 'right thing to do' is often the worst thing you can do. Having the ability to let go of a mediocre situation and move onto something better, to seize opportunities and to let go of obsession--that's something I think we can all benefit from.
Anyway, the card's meaning is about focusing on the present, being mindful of what is in front of you now, rather than dreading the future or lingering over the past. Also of releasing burdens in general. I love the image of dropping a sand bag from a hot air balloon. :)
The final card is Have Fun, which is a very pleasant way to end the reading. This card is about being frivolous, silly, and generally just having a good time, doing things in a child-like way. I told my husband a while back that I get annoyed when I get cards that talk about being child-like or having fun or anything else that you would associate with gleeful interaction with the world. Strange, right? I guess that the fact that I resist this concept is even more indicative of its value to me.
I have to admit I am a little surprised by the cards that came up for the next few months. Part of me was really focused on having to network, plan and struggle a bit to get creative stuff going, but when I thought of how tense that made me feel it's no wonder I have so many cards urging me to relax, step back from pressures and connect with the present and its joyful potential.
Saturday, April 5, 2014
This is so appropriate for today, as I had a wonderful heart to heart exchange with three dear friends. It was very heartfelt and open. These times are intensely healing and lovely, and I'm grateful for them.
Heart to Heart
When you're heart to heart, it's like a smile that spreads through your whole body. Having a heart-to-heart talk with another person, sharing your life stories and confidences in a completely open and trusting way.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
(Note: I will be back next week around April 8th. Trying to minimize internet this week.)
I decided to pull a single card for the month of April, a month which many astrologers are calling the most intense of 2014, full of potential and intense energy of change, shaking up the status quo and throwing it out!
Here's the card I got: Handshake. This is about some sort of meeting that ends up being important. I love that there are hands in this reading because I chose a single card to fit in this cool hand dish that I found at the thrift store yesterday. I will certainly look for this meeting and connection!
Sending you all positive changes for April,
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
I wanted to take another short blog hiatus, this time about a week, but before doing so I wanted to post a single card draw using the Tea Leaf Fortune Cards. Despite its occasional cringe-worthy bluntness, I find its messages very on point.
This week is my birthday week, with my birthday happening on Thursday. I'll be celebrating my 35th year. I've had a busy, social month. I'm happy that I got to visit with my family and friends, but I also feel rather tired. Again, I feel very grateful. I do feel loved and appreciated to a large extent. There are really very few things that I feel sore about right now.
Anyway, the card I received for my hiatus post is Box. This card is just about receiving a gift of some sort. The box obscures the gift itself...it's a surprise! Well, this is one of those specific yet also general cards. Yes, I will get gifts. It's my birthday! I know my parents always spoil me, which I am thankful for, and my husband usually gets me something even though I told him he does not need to. And I know a close local friend is bringing me a gift of an art print by her husband tomorrow when we meet over coffee. So, I definitely can confirm that this reading is true.
There are many gifts that I receive on a daily basis that are less literal but no less important. The gifts of health, family, friendship, creative opportunities and contacts, life itself.
Lots of Love and See Y'all on April 1st,