Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The Action Duo: Forward Motion

I wasn't sure if I wanted to post today or not, but I decided to go ahead and a pull a couple of cards from the Albano-Waite Mini. I love this deck for no particular reason. I guess the weird colors and the backs appeal to me. And its diminutive size, of course.

So this duo brought to mind taking action and charging forward with an idea. It carries a lot of fast, creative energy. When pulling this duo I was thinking about whether to move forward with various little ideas, as I feel sort of hesitant about a few things. I am considering changing some things up, maybe trying other things, doing something new. This seems fairly supportive of that, or maybe it's just saying I'm a hothead? In any case, there it is.


Monday, November 2, 2015

Hathor: Vulnerability of Receptivity

Here is a repeat theme I've been getting in readings recently: receptivity. Allowing things in. Allowing yourself to receive, to heal, to hear inner messages. To slow down. To be more yin.

I like this card, and it cracks me up with the waterfalls flowing out of her breasts. Haha! Anyway. It's true, isn't it? If we don't refill the well or if we feel detached, disconnected and unsupported...well, we can't really get that far when we feel that way. We need others to survive. We're all interconnected, even though we may need alone time. I try to remember this when I struggle to receive payment for services, or feel guilty or confused about something that I want to do/get. I think we're taught not to be greedy or to want things.

Plus, as the title of my post suggests, we are vulnerable when we allow people in. Information, exchanges, gifts, and the like all open us up. But vulnerability is the magic ingredient that dissolves shame, as Brene Brown would say. Open your hand and see what comes in to fill it.


Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween and Happy Five Year Blogiversary

Hey Everyone,

I know I said I wouldn't be back until November, but I'm only one day off, right? I realized that today, Halloween, is my blogiversary. My five year blogiversary to be exact. I had a blog called Tarot by Celeste, which I ultimately deleted, but anyway. This one, Magic Mentha, has been up for five years today. Time flies!

So, I decided to whip out my lovely Tattered Nomad Oracle to pull some cards. I could've used the Halloween Tarot or some other spooky-ish deck, but for some reason I just wanted to use Shaheen's lovely deck. Of course, I was not quite sure what to make of the pulls I got, but I have a few ideas.

The pull on the left, with four cards, is a simple spread of two cards on the top representing current influences, and two cards on the bottom representing upcoming/near future influences. For the first card I got one of Shaheen's bonus cards, The Aura, which is about energy and the energy body, and ties (primarily energetically) that we may have to people or events. Other energy systems and concepts are highlighted, such as energy healing and the connection between body, mind and spirit. In any case, there are many possibilities for application, I suppose.

This card sits next to the Cross card, which often represents stress and suffering in some way. Guilt, grief, depression and other difficult emotions are often associated with this card. I found this top duo interesting because it does remind me of something I was reading about just a day or two ago. I was thinking how I tend to worry/obsess over people--to try to take charge of something emotionally for which I have no control (which is what worry really is--needless suffering and stress over things which may or may not be true, and the outcome of which we may have no control over), but that the ultimate thing we can do for everyone in our lives (including ourselves!) is to trust in the ability of our friends, family and others to navigate their own life, their own issues.

We cannot be so invasive and arrogant as to think we can or should do it for them. Not that we could even if we tried! I liked what the book had to say which was that when we try to rescue others or if we think they are pathetic and helpless, and we go into that mode, we're giving them the message that they cannot take care of themselves and you know better than they do how to run their lives. One of my favorite premises of Michael Neill's work and the 3 Principles is that we all have a unique source of innate wisdom, one where, when we quiet down, we are able to see the best solutions for ourselves in every given moment. We have to trust in this wisdom and use it.

So...after all that rambling...what I wanted to say is that I can stop the suffering I have around humanity in general when I cease worrying about the impact I have on others so much, or I stop worrying so much about their unique situation or journey. I can detach those energetic cords and ties and know that they are doing the best they can in every given moment, just like I am.

The bottom two cards in the quad, the Anchor and Scythe. The Anchor is frequently associated with work or things with long term security in mind. My first thought was maybe a change in my job focus, as Anchor can be associated with work. Scythe shows a swift ending, sorta like the Tower in tarot. Here's the very basic description from LearnLenormand.com:

Anchor + scythe (10): sudden change, discontent

I actually did a second reading (as you see in the upper right quadrant of the image), using three cards. Again I received the Cross, along with the Ring and Dog. When I saw this it seemed more like about relationships than about work. The Ring shows a commitment and Dog is often about friendship. This made me think of stress around a friendship. Or maybe feeling kinda 'bleh' about some commitment related to a friendship. I don't know! There are several possibilities, really.

Maybe the angst is more general about connections and relationships. But whatever it is, I'm just gonna leave this here and not overthink it, besides the overthinking I've already done. One thing I don't like about the Lenormand system is it feels a bit stiff and sometimes negative to me. I have to open my mind up to more flexible, neutral or positive meanings to these cards, as it can read a little harsh at times, though that may be appropriate at different points.

Sending you all best wishes for November,

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Here and Now: Be Back in November!

Hello Love Bugs,

I've decided to live in the present and take a little blogging hiatus for a bit. I'm going to work on some neglected projects and also new projects, and put the divination more to the side for the time being.

Love Lots,

Friday, October 16, 2015

Building Blocks, Reversed

Today's pull using the online version of Colette's new deck, is Building Blocks, Reversed. I do like the reversals on this! She did a great job of giving them interest and depth and not just a 'meh' samey feel but in a negative light that many reversals hold.

I think it's excellent advice to reassess where we are and see if things still hold true for us or whether we really need to let go of things/places/people. Honesty in this manner can be pretty uncomfortable--as we're creatures of habit and we don't want to offend others by our actions.


Building Blocks

Strong foundations; a beautiful work in progress.


Protection message: Now is the time to address the cracks in the foundations of your life. Perhaps your values have changed and it is time to strengthen your convictions and let go of the things that no longer serve the vision you have for your life. Or perhaps you chose to ignore the signs that a situation or agreement you have entered into is not right for you. Remove the rotten pieces and reinforce your core moral strength and integrity. Now is the time for rigorous honesty, for you are called to renovate and upgrade your consciousness! You will be so happy when you do. Spirit has a spectacular blueprint for your life far beyond your imagination. Don’t be afraid to replace what’s not solid.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

The Neverending Story, Reversed and Protected

Hi Y'all,

Here's another pull I did over at Colette's website. Colette calls the reversals in this deck 'Protection' position, which I actually find brilliant. Reversals can sometimes be feared and avoided and I think they can provide valuable added meaning to a reading.

This is interesting, and I agree that it can be way too easy to get pulled into drama surrounding us, taking unnecessary action when really we should just be minding our own beeswax.

Much Love,


Protection message: This is a time to avoid drama at all costs, especially when it comes to other people’s “stuff.” Your sensitivity is on overload these days, and you’re best served by keeping your distance. Your mantra today is “Not my circus, not my monkeys.” All this drama will pass, and you will carry on, unscathed and blameless.