Monday, December 29, 2014

Three Factors in 2015 Reading

A couple of days ago I purchased this deck, Les Vampires, by Lucy Cavendish and artist Jasmine Becket-Griffith, and I have been enjoying it. I've been wanting one of the decks by this duo. This one I chose, admittedly, because it was readily available at a large bookstore. I think I might have ordered a different one if I was handpicking one, but I'm glad I have this one as I really do appreciate it.

I've done several readings, none of which I'm posting because I am too lazy to post multiple readings right now. But here's one I pulled today. Excuse the wonky angle of the picture. I could've fixed it but I decided not to re-take the picture or otherwise be too perfect. Hehee. I liked this trio, and it really resonated with me for the theme of this upcoming year.

The Creator card has an Empress-esque energy. Creativity, parenthood, bringing things into the world. This is something I want to do more of (in a fun, good, nourishing way), in 2015.  We are all creators and inventors, and the more we honor this part of ourselves, the more it flourishes. A quote from this card:

"You have a creative spirit, and the ability to bring to life a wonderful new project. This will bring you wonderful responsibilities and opportunities. Don't hesitate or delay! This is part of your sacred purpose!"

The Enlightenment card is a nice companion card to the Creator card. What better bedmate to creativity than inspiration? Innovation, inspiration and epiphany is the subtitle of this card. The readings I've been doing about 2015 have highlighted creativity as a huge part of it. The creative process requires innovation.

With Resurrection as the final card in this trio, I feel like it's pointing to a resurrection of my creativity in a more central/focused form. This, again, is a theme I've been seeing in my personal readings over the past few months. This reprise/recovery theme can also refer to my own energy and health, perhaps. But this seems very proactive overall:

"It is time to make things happen for yourself. It is time to actively explore what you have always denied yourself the chance to do. For there is a path clearing before you--but it requires an enormous amount of determination on your behalf. You must remake yourself. Look within and see what has less than satisfied you. And know that something that you thought was over, done with, and decided is truly about to surprise you."

Haha. I have to admit the 'enormous amount of determination' thing is kind of unappealing, but otherwise I completely agree with this reading. I do need to do things on my own behalf, and far less passively. I need to commit to myself, in whatever ways that presents. I need to stay present and not fade out on myself. It is true that, in order to be creative, which is part of being human, we have to be brave in putting ourselves out there, again and again, despite the outcome.

Sending good wishes and creative determination to all.


Sunday, December 21, 2014

Anxiety, Reversed

I know I said I wouldn't post until January (and I may not post until then, or may rarely post until then), but I thought I'd post this card. The past couple of weeks I have felt rather crummy. As I mentioned in my previous post, I've had some sort of gastrointestinal and other issue (sinus? ear?) that is causing vertigo. However, since seeing an chiropractor/nutritionist/acupuncturist lady I've seen some improvement and we have a plan for improving not just this issue but my overall health.

Even though I'm not 100% better, I'm starting to see a positive turn and, because of that, my anxiety has reduced considerably. My blood pressure shot up during this past couple weeks of crappiness, and that began to concern me. But, as my anxiety has diminished, my blood pressure has returned to normal. Since then, just in the past day or two, I've felt motivated to be involved in my own life and my own well-being. I want to feel good, not just sort of ok.

In any case, I hope that my next blog post reveals that I feel a lot better. One positive thing about not feeling well the past couple of weeks is that I have been realizing how much I've neglected my physical and emotional health. I have not seen a health practitioner or anyone who might help me feel better. I've just been floating along, feeling mediocre, sometimes feeling really crappy. I think my body finally sent me a strong signal to pay more attention.

Wishing everyone a happy solstice, Hanukkah, yuletide, Christmas, and New Year.

Much Love,

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Hope and a Short Hiatus

Hello Folks,

Just a quick post. I haven't been feeling that good lately. Scratch that. I've been feeling awful! I've had some vertigo, weird gastrointestinal symptoms, difficulty eating and sleeping, and just lots of extreme tiredness, etc, etc, insert boring, annoying symptoms here. Ugh. Anyway. I'm going to take a break from blogging until New Year's Day, but I decided to pull a card before I flee.

Here's the card I got. Hope! Nice card, right? Out of desperation (because I'm a cheapskate/often broke and hate having to go in to see anyone), I went to a holistic nutritionist/chiropractor/acupuncture/etc lady who came highly recommended from several ladies from my daughter's school. I called this morning and managed to get a short appointment today. I went and, although there is work to be done and it'll take time, I feel more hopeful than I did, which is not necessarily saying much considering my mood from before.

Because I don't feel so hot and I don't want to exhaust myself and exacerbate my symptoms any further, I am not going on the trip that I originally planned to go on.

In any event, I am wishing you all a joyous and positive close to 2014.

I'll catch up with y'all soon!


Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Home Within

I love this has such a cozy feeling. I like the simple but important concept presented here, that home is more of a feeling than a location. I've been noticing this more after moving. That the center of my sanity lies within me (cue cheesy muzak) and that this is what I need to cultivate and encourage.


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

End of Year Influences Reading

Mostly for the purpose of cataloging this draw, I am posting it here. It's the end of the year Tea Leaf pull. Interesting. I will definitely go back to it and see what I can glean from it.


Sunday, November 30, 2014

Crossroads and Paths

So I pulled this quad of cards this morning. I didn't interpret it, only in the sense that I saw there was a repeat card (Sleeper), and some interesting visual elements that could be interpreted in various ways.

Not having much background in some of these characters, I looked up Hecate. Here's a very brief description I found:

From the Greek 'Εκατη (Hekate), possibly derived from 'εκας (hekas) meaning "far off". In Greek mythology Hecate was a goddess associated with witchcraft, crossroads, tombs, demons and the underworld.

Hecate - Behind the Name

Once I read this I saw that there were two cards of the four that talked about a crossroads or choice. I don't have much time left to blog and for some reason I'm having a lot of trouble finding any information on this Pitcher character. Anyone have any ideas of the mythology behind this figure? Please let me know if you do!

Much Love,

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Sleeper: Feminine Intuition

I was unpacking my tarot and oracle boxes, as we're hoping to gradually unpack, sort through and donate a large amount of items that have no homes yet. The sunroom (which is basically like a freezer right now because there's no heat to it and we don't want to incur the cost to heat it while we're not using it) houses a large number of totes and boxes from our move.

Due to decreased space in the new house, we have to think hard about how we want to manage all this junk! We've had to purchase storage solutions like cubes/shelves/cabinets, due to a lack of closet space. But there's only so much that we can hold/store/stow away. We don't want to clutter up the new house! So, I'm preparing to do all of that.

Anyway...back to the card. I pulled this card this morning after finding the Moon Oracle. Unfortunately, I believe I accidentally got rid of the book that accompanies this deck, during one of my major purges of the books. Thankfully, I didn't lose any of the other books to my decks.

I haven't found a replacement book for this on Amazon. I may end up buying the oracle itself all over again, used, for $8. Some of these cards seem fairly easy to interpret without a book, but others are less self-explanatory.

This one strikes me as being like a cross between the High Priestess and the 4 of Swords. A very yin, very intuitive combo. I will have to sleep on it! Hehee.


Friday, November 21, 2014

Mountain and Commitment: Misanthropy and Other Tales

Here's an interesting duo I pulled this afternoon. I was pondering it and honestly I wasn't 100% sure what to think of it, but it was thought-provoking anyway. One of them was reversed (and for the life of me I can't remember which one) although the other was not. I don't know. Anyway.

My sense of these cards is that maybe I'm trying to do something the hard way, particularly when it comes to making plans or committing to a course of action. The Mountain card is about, as the quote states, not trying to trudge uphill, but rather to flow around difficulties. So, try...and commit, but don't try too hard? Haha. Well, no. I'm kidding. Ish. I do think I tend to obsess over things, particularly social interactions, adding multiple layers of insecurity and difficulty where they really aren't necessary.

Anyway. Lately I've been a little nervous about school-related volunteerism and socializing. It's a new area for me. I tend to be a bit hermit-like and if I do get together with people I try to keep it to a couple people or one on one. I don't really like groups, obligation or committees. So, I've been feeling a bit squeamish about all of those things. I want to be helpful but I feel like I'm being swallowed up by the Waldorf version of the PTA. These things rub me the wrong way.

Maybe this pull is saying that I can make commitments, but they don't have to be hardcore commitments. They can be easy. I don't have to agree to every piddly thing, every social event, every volunteer opportunity. I find myself easily overwhelmed by it all. And there's extra pressure now because of holiday-themed events where they constantly ask for help. 

So. I do some things I feel OK doing. I made 50 soaps for the school's winter event, I helped with the nature walk today, and I'm sure I'll do some other things. But I don't have to let it rule my life. I have run into several people recently who HAVE let it rule their life and seem up to their ears in stress. No thanks. Not for me!

On top of that, I've made commitments to travel for winter--expensive and stressful. Part of me (ok, a BIG part of me) just wants to say *uck it all, stay home, not bother socializing or all of these events and plans. I feel shackled by them.  I guess I need to find a way to re-frame these things so I feel less misanthropic.


p.s. Be back the first week of December!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Finding the Missing Pieces, Reunification

Interesting trio of cards I pulled the other day. I think they all make sense. I've been trying to fit in at my daughter's school in a community sort of way and in the process I've kind of forgotten what I really want to do for myself. I find that I become impatient and scattered, and easily unnerved by things. This is a good reminder to call parts of myself back in and get organized so I can focus on my next phase, flowing into it rather than feeling confused and diffused.

Much love,

Monday, November 10, 2014

Influences Around Me and Diarrhea

So, I pulled this quad of cards yesterday using my Wisdom of Avalon Oracle Cards. I was not feeling too great digestively, and I suspected something with my bladder or kidneys and my digestion in general. I had taken some supplements for those things, and was hoping to feel better. I sat down to pull cards for insight. Interesting cards I received!

Looking at this VERY literally (which you don't have to do, but it's kind of funny to do so), this pull could refer directly to the action of diarrhea, a symptom I was having.  We have Letting Go, which is a release of some kind. Err...I guess I don't have to explain that one. Disruption is similar to the tower, something happening suddenly. OK, I don't have to explain that one I?! Hah. Movement...again...err. Not too hard to explain. BM? ?? ? Hee. Then we have the unfortunate recipient of these processes: The Queen.

After I made this silly analysis I started to think about the other layers of meaning in this reading. I moved three weeks ago today, and I am still experiencing the repercussions of that move. There is crap that we're dealing with (moving-related), and a lot of things to sort out. It really makes sense to look at it from the perspective of letting go of previous conditions, embracing the disruption of movement to a new town.

So, I like that I can see a couple of angles for this. I know there are others but those are the two I saw right off the bat. And, they are likely connected. Stress can directly impact the digestive system and other organs. I hope I can settle in and see relief from some of these discomforts.

One last thing I noticed looking over these cards, is the presence of water. Every card except the Queen shows flowing water. Even the final one shows water over an edge. Oh...actually, she's holding a goblet. Drinking more water? Maybe the added message of going with the flow and not becoming stagnant is a good one. It's certainly necessary to open up and move along with the currents instead of trying to hold onto the past.

Hoping everyone has a glorious November.


Monday, November 3, 2014

A Creative Project

I decided to get back to basics and pull a couple of cards from Ye Olde Rider Waite™. I've been seeing a theme lately of a creative/artistic spark. I don't know if it's a business idea, a commission or some other thing, but that's the sort of pulls I've been getting. I got Artistic Endeavor or something similar from several oracle decks in the past few days. I admit I have been pondering a project or two to sink my teeth into, though I don't know.

Frankly, although it makes sense (I'm an artist, I guess), I don't see it. Of course, you could see it as me starting a project for the house (painting some rooms, for example, which I have been planning to do), so it may not be a work project so much as something creative yet practical, which is how I'd describe the duo above: creative yet practical. I am painting the rooms to be prettier (aka, not dark, patchy gray), but it's a house and not a piece of artwork, per se.

Anyway! I don't know what else to say. It's a chilly, rainy day (drizzle and possible bits of snow, though thankfully I haven't seen any yet). I am doing indoor chores today. Well, following dropping off my daughter and then getting groceries I plan to do some laundry and maybe a little more unpacking. I also feel like recuperating from the upheaval of the past month or two.

Lots of Love,

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Halloween Tarot: Current Influences Draw & Blogiversary

Happy Halloween/Samhein/Days of the Dead, etc!

Tomorrow is Halloween, and it's also my 4th blogiversary. Normally I might do a giveaway but I still feel depleted from my move, so I may refrain this year. Instead, I'll offer my kindest and most sincere wishes for a joyful November to all of you.

Here are some cards I pulled today. The topic of my draw was the main/prevailing/current influences for me. I pulled three and an extra to add more depth. As I set the cards down and looked them over the feeling I got from the reading was one of time spent alone and in intuitive reflection. It has a very independent, quiet feel to it. Do you agree?

Here is my thought process: Queen of Bats (aka Swords) is often seen as a capable and independent woman, sometimes called a loner or a bit badass. That's one interpretation I see pretty frequently. The Hermit is seen as the 'drawing away from others in order for self-mastery/reflection', the 9 of Pentacles I see as a woman of means, or a woman who learns to be capable and able in the physical world, on her own. I sometimes see it quite literally as a woman who owns her own business. The 9 reflects the number of the Hermit, something many of my fellow tarotists note when they see the 9 of Pentacles. The woman in the garden is alone but not lonely. This is something I have struggled with for ages. I have always been afraid of being alone--but yet that time spent alone is very self-nurturing, and very telling.

The final card, given for added clarity, is the High Priestess. This is another card of study, of quiet, of yin energy and reflection. It's far more esoteric and intuitive, though, than the other cards. It can refer literally to a woman who follows esoteric studies, or who is a tarot reader. Or it can simply refer to trusting one's intuition. Either way, the energy is similar.

In any case, I do find this reading pretty accurate, as I have been trying to pull my energy back in after feeling frazzled following my move. I can't pull back entirely, but I do find that I need to take time to myself to get clear and in order outside of the world-at-large.

Much Love,

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Do and Don't Halloween Week Duo

Hello Dear Ones,

It has been 11 days since I last posted, and since then I've moved into a new house! Hooray, but also...whew. Tiring. I admit I feel rather frazzled and unsettled. I am one who is especially emotionally tied to houses and I tend to get rather attached. I found myself feeling pretty burnt out and overwhelmed by the move, even though I know it will be good ultimately. I'm trying to allow myself the time and space to feel OK with things. I think any major change can upset our careful internal balances. That is a good thing, as it can shake us out of ruts, but too much chaos can make us feel ungrounded.

Honestly, at first I was annoyed at myself for feeling anxious and shaken up by moving, but then I realized it was rude of me to be annoyed at myself for having feelings and responses to life events. Also, I feel a little chagrined that I haven't done more. I mean, I know I've only been moved in a week, but I think I had this dramatic expectation that I'd have all the rooms painted that I wanted to paint, and on and on. But life doesn't always work that way, and I think it's more beneficial for me to go at this gradually.  Anyway...who cares? I don't have to prove myself to anyone and I'm not entering a contest for who can paint a house the fastest. Though I suspect the people living here before us might have entered that contest--seeing how sloppy their painting is in several rooms!

Anyway. In honor of the week of Halloween (which I've paid little attention to, really, due to settling in), I've pulled this pair of cards. The simple spread I'm using is a do and don't. The first card is the do and the second is the don't. I also think this same configuration could be interchangeable with 'now and later'...kind of like the name of the candy. So! You'll have to excuse the generous use of weird punctuation and dramatic ellipses--I just loved the new cartoon feature on the site.

The recommendation for the moment is rest. The 4 of Swords is the respite card. Not the final resting place, but a break in the action. I know I'll be getting back to it, but in the meantime, having some rest in-between is a-ok. I do find, at least for me, that it often means literal sleep. Like I need extra sleep right now. This may well be true. I have felt rather tired since moving in. Last night I didn't sleep very well. At one point I woke up with my heart pounding from some stressful dream. It's like I'm processing all these stressful emotions at once. However, I feel myself slowly settling down. But I'm also utilizing relaxation techniques to help the process along.

The Hanged Man comes up in the don't category, though they don't have to convince me not to hang upside-down. No, but seriously! I think this shows that I don't necessarily need to sacrifice my sanity to get things done. The key word of sacrifice is often seen with this card. It also shows that maybe the delay doesn't have to be a long one. The Hanged Man can often mean a delay, or suspending an idea in order to have something else work--which is where the sacrifice part comes in.

In any case, I will take a break from the chaos, but not a really long break. I'm planning on allowing things to unfold gradually, as I attend to both practical and emotional considerations.

Much Love,

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.


Monday, September 29, 2014

Resourceful but Tired Hubby Trio

When I pulled these cards yesterday (while my husband was taking a little break to himself), I thought of how reliable and responsible he can a fault. The King of Swords is the card I've assigned to him. Whenever I see this card in a reading I do feel it is about him, unless it's in a completely different context or a reading for someone else. I was thinking about him a lot recently, as he seemed especially stressed.

And the reason for why he's been stressed, no doubt, is a feeling of having to be so responsible. There's the financial aspect of the Ace of Pentacles, and the having to be patient and dedicated aspect of the Seven of Pentacles.  Anyway. These are some of the thoughts I was having when I saw this trio. I was glad he took a break, finally, to take care of himself. Often, I have to insist he does, and I hope he'll take more active steps to care for his own well-being in the future.


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Intercession and Gate: Assistance and Opportunity

Interesting duo, here. There's help and intervention, and also an opportunity that I need to take advantage of. A good reminder of free will and the fact that in order to be prosperous we have to be proactive and make our own luck--at the very least jumping on opportunities that present themselves, whether they involve the assistance of others or not.


Friday, September 26, 2014

Illness and Arrow: Sick and Satisfied

I pulled this duo from the Graven Images Oracle App last night. When I saw the Illness card I was puzzled. Me? Sick? I had a little bit of a headache but I didn't quite understand. But then I woke up this morning and my mild headache had become a head cold. I am staying home and laying low! I don't feel awful, just not very good.

I also take the card of Illness as a cue to take better care of my health in general. Exercise more, meditate more, eat consistently well, etc. I do think it's good to discover things before they become chronic problems, as it says, as I already have some issues that hopefully won't worsen!

Arrow was a welcome card after seeing Illness. We had just found out our house bid was accepted, and we now have a wonderful place to move to! We're so relieved to have that figured out.  I look forward to settling in to our new locale and starting a positive chapter.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Obelisk: Resenting Redirection on a Path

Interesting card, eh?

The basic idea is that a person gets directed away from something that is just not the best idea. Maybe it hasn't been clearly thought out, or maybe you're just going the wrong direction. In any case, I hope that I will go in the right direction, even if it means an annoying detour!


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Fall Equinox Reading

Yep! I am using the same oracle lately. SORRY to anyone who doesn't like this deck. Haha! I just love it. And I like consistently using something for a chunk of time because I feel it can be very instructive. Before I get off the computer for a while I wanted to post this pull I did yesterday. I thought yesterday was the equinox but apparently today (the 23rd) is. It's also a New Moon in Libra, for anyone who cares. Happy birthday season to all of my Libra pals.

This reading felt good overall. I can't say exactly what I think it means. Nothing too specific comes to mind, but I like the feeling of it. The Rainbow card is such a happy card, like the Star which follows the difficulty of the Tower. Anyway, I will try to go into the future with optimism.

Much Love,

Saturday, September 20, 2014

September and October Tea Leaf Trios and Be Back Soon

Hi Folks!

Here is another September/October pull. I already did one, but I like doing it multiple times, as I feel the climate of any given month changes depending on the actions taken. And, it's just fun to see the month from multiple angles. For comparison, you can look at this pull for October that I did on September 1st, and this pull for August/September.

September seems to be encouraging me to move forward and overcome problems, and that money will be coming in. I saw the Coins card come up when we got a bid on your house, so that could refer to that. The Younger Woman card makes me think of my daughter, but it could obviously be someone else.

October talks about opportunities arriving and family wishes granted, so long as they bring benefit to everyone in the family. We got this card last time when we moved into the house we're in now.

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend. I'll be back at some point. Either in a few days or a week or something. I wanted to take a little blogging break.


Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday Trio: Positive Tidings Follow Fortitude

Here's a trio of cards I received. It seems good overall, with a bit of a caveat to stay strong in the face of opposition. The other two cards seem supportive, so maybe it's simply saying to hang in there, and don't give up, because good things can follow.


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Tea Leaf Pull of Six

I am not even going to analyze this. I just wanted to have it up on the blog so I can remember it and look over it later.


News and Wishes Granted

Here's a duo I pulled yesterday. Of course, who doesn't like a reading that says that good news/wishes granted are arriving? I'm not here to argue with that!

At this stage of the game I don't know how this all will unfold but I'm open to the possibility!


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Cleaning House: Making Room for Something Better

Here's a card I pulled last night. I like the concept of this card. It can be literal, of course, but also emotional--getting the baggage thrown out so you can have a fresh space for new ideas and experiences to come in.

On a practical note, we do intend to do yet more purging and donating in our house. We have done quite a bit this year but we hope to do another round of organizing and donating (and storing!) before moving. But I also see this as allowing things to phase out of my life--letting them leave--so I can have new things come in. I do feel I'm clinging to the past a bit. Or just the fears of the future.

Time for fall cleaning.


Bread & Candle: Finding the Way to Prosperous Action

This is a pleasant enough duo. While I've seen some interesting, though mixed, readings, it's always nice to see ones that are simpler and more positive in nature. Who doesn't like clear direction and prosperity? Well, anyway. This is nice to see. I would love if either or both of these things happened!

In any event, I am trying to keep my eyes on the prize, so to speak.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tiger & Box: Take a Risk, Get a Gift

Here's a duo I pulled just now. I thought they were fun. I like the images and the meanings of these cards. I'm feeling a bit low energy and, admittedly, a bit discouraged by the house-hunting process.

Looking at these cards, I wonder if it recommends me just taking a leap in some direction. Risks are often rewarded, which is what I see in these cards. So I'm going to try to keep moving forward, even if it seems like I am getting nowhere!


Single Card Focus: Four Leaf Clover

Here is another card I pulled yesterday afternoon. This is the focus I am going to hold onto over this next week or two as I look for a house! I AM lucky, despite anything and everything that may or may not happen with the housing situation. I am very lucky to have housing and to have the ability to feed and clothe myself. A very poignant reminder indeed!


Monday, September 15, 2014

Bit of a Mixed Bag: New House Quad (UPDATED)

Ok. So. Update. That house won't work out because the seller won't entertain any offers under 305k. I am a little disappointed, but not too bad. I am not about to force it! I don't want a payment we can't afford. I think the meh cards I received around this were pointing to this possibility. The follow-up card I pulled for this was Broken Ring, which is about something not working out, so that also makes sense.

Hello All,

So, here's a quad I pulled today not long after speaking to my realtor about looking into a home that we're interested in but is, again, a bit out of our price range. It's a fix and flip that another realtor did and my realtor feels that his price point is too high for the neighborhood. He has already dropped his price twice in the last month.

The location is good, the size is good, and it is fairly updated. We're going to go see it around 5pm today and see what we think. I'm waiting to hear back from my realtor about whether he seems willing to go down in price on it. I sure hope he's feeling flexible.

Looking at these cards, I am not entirely sure what to think. I don't like the feather card, but I'm hoping it isn't anything serious--not a dire warning. 

I will try to update on this soon.


Sunday, September 14, 2014

Pail and Bowl: Want Nothing, or Lots of Something?

When I first pulled these yesterday I thought it was kind of cool that both of these cards were receptacles of some sort. The Pail card is a card of having to get out of something very quickly. I received this card a number of times during our last house hunt 2.5 years ago, when we would bid on something or have a house inspected, only to find there were too many problems to fix and we had to immediately move on to something else. There is a suddenness about this card. Like you kicked a pail over an all the contents spilled out instantaneously.

The Bowl card, on the other hand, is like the cornucopia. It's overflowing with riches and delicious fruit and promise. The feeling I get from this duo is 'get out of there and keep your money.' This reflects my thoughts on the house-hunting process, where the inflated market is making for minimal choices with a high price tag. As a result, we've been heavily considering a rent for a while--maybe as long as a year, however long it takes until the market cools or more options are available.

But we'll see...we're trying to be open-minded about the process.


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Nine Card House Spread

Deepest apologies for using this deck so much, but I've found it very helpful during house-hunting periods. It was helpful last time and I have already found it helpful this time!

So, anyway. Here are nine cards I pulled on the house topic. Current events, basically. I don't know whether I need to go through each card and explain it, but I can see how many of the cards are already in play. The central card, the Flag, is about not lowering your standards. This has certainly been a centerpiece of our thinking lately, during the house-hunting that has proven mostly fruitless.

It IS tempting to lower your standards when you come up empty-handed so many times. But that only results in long-term problems and unhappiness, neither of which we want. So, we aren't going there! Good reminder.

A common theme in this spread is of something not quite working out. You see that with the Inkpot (problems to be resolved), as well as Broken Ring (parting of the ways in business or romance), as well as Knot (Unsuccessful Plans). We've already seen this influence recently as we removed a bid from a place which was nicely remodeled, but overpriced and not in an ideal location.

The Fire card made me think of a couple of things. 'Light a fire under one's ass' is one, and having strong feelings for or against a house is another. If you don't like it, you can't feel excited about it.

Another running theme in the reading is protection. There is the Dog, which is help or protection from a friend, and there's Staff, which is protection during difficult situations.

I like that the Ear card comes up. I'm always glad to see good news in a reading. Especially one like this, which has a lot of complex elements, some of which are not all that pleasant.

Like my husband pointed out to me today, there are pros and cons to every action and result. So, no matter what happens we can be assured that there is some good coming out of it, and likely some annoyance as well. The key is to not be too heavily swayed by any of it.

If we rent temporarily (as in an apartment or other rental), we have the luxury of taking longer to house-hunt, without worrying about timing. And we also can take longer to move, transporting items gradually as opposed to in a frenzy over one day. If we find a house immediately, we don't have to worry about moving more than once, or having to rent.

So, this is also a matter of perspective and not just current conditions. 


Friday, September 12, 2014

Rocky Roads on the Path to Finding a House

Here's the trio I pulled today. I wanted to know the process behind finding a house right now. We've gotten through the part where we sold our current home. Now we're in the part which we figured would be more challenging (due to the market being slim on inventory), which is finding a house we like in our price range. Our initial hunt has proven unsuccessful--we have not liked the properties we've looked at, and nothing much has come onto the market. But that can change in an instant.

Two of the cards were mountain-themed cards. Mountains, in Lenormand decks and otherwise, tend to be about something solid, unmoving and stable, but can also represent a challenge.  There is a certain heaviness to the feeling of the mountain cards. This deck is no exception; Mountain means a challenge to overcome. Not just a small challenge, but a major challenge. The description indicates that there is no easy way around the mountain. It also tells you that you should be mindful of choosing the correct path for yourself--this is very anti-shortcut.

Similarly, the Mountain Road card is also very anti-shortcut. That's the main meaning of the Mountain Road card. You're on the path to must stick closely to the path or you'll fall off the mountain down into the ravine. Well, metaphorically.  Haha! No pressure, right?

But it's true. This is a major purchase which will impact our finances for quite some time, especially if we stay there a while. We can't be flippant about it, and compromising what we want is not indicated either. This reading is very similar to one I did a month ago about purchasing a house. The Mountain Road came up then as well. This a repeat message.

I find the Handshake card is just about some sort of meeting or agreement, and it does remind me of house-hunting and contracts. It also gives me hope that we might meet someone who will help us on our path to finding a house, or that it indicates the agreement with a seller.


Behind-the-Scenes Reading Update

Sometimes I'll do a reading and it will make a lot of sense but I won't post it. Why? Mostly laziness. I don't post every reading I do, even though they are all helpful in some way. This reading is one such example of this.

The Fair Woman is the card I've designated to represent my realtor--a vivacious blonde lady who is really good at her job. This card came up quite a bit last time we sold our house as well, as she was our realtor then, too.

Here she shows up along with the assurance that money would be offered despite our feelings of frustration and being delayed. The Bird-Flying shows incoming information.

This draw was done Saturday morning, September 6th. About two days later we heard from our realtor that we were getting an offer on our house from an interested party--but it was from the other people who expressed interest, and not the people who said they had a really keen interest and were putting their bid in. We waited a full week plus for this bid but it never came, despite their assurances to the contrary. However, a semi-surprise bid came in from these seemingly moderately interested parties.

I actually received (2-3 times) a 'Secret Admirer' card (Vase), from this deck, and wasn't sure what it meant. I assumed it meant someone interested in the house, but in this case it was true and also meant that their desire to bid on the house remained mostly secret until the last minute. Makes perfect sense now!

Anyway, our hands were tied in terms of receiving the bid we expected-but then we got that mostly unexpected full-price offer from another source. This is why I enjoy using this deck during this process! It has been most instructive during times of frustration and delay.


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Fortunate Family Tidings and News

I pulled this duo just now and although it looks very positive I'm not quite sure what to make of it! I will update if I think about what it could mean. In the book, the description for Pineapple mentions that there could be a couple of interpretations for the Pineapple card. Either it means two things will be brought back together (in the most obvious meaning), and it could also mean that you will reconcile yourself to 'accepting a disagreeable situation in your life as something that cannot be changed at the moment.' In any case, I like that the good news message comes up paired with this. Whatever it is, it can't be too bad.

The clarification card I pulled was positive, which is also nice:

I will definitely try to update on this soon.


Successful House Plans?

Hello Friends!

Well, we put a bid in on a house, and we're awaiting the answer. Here are cards I pulled yesterday evening. Hopefully things go as well as it looks. One of our main concerns: it's at the very top of our price range and we have to scrimp and save and be especially careful financially.

We tried finding something cheaper but everything we saw we hated...except for this house, which we loved. Of course, it just so happened to be expensive! Oy! The market is very inflated right now, and we're biting our nails a bit at that fact because of the increase in mortgage payment in moving, but hopefully we can swing it.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Magical Owl Testicles

Hello Owl Lovers,

I pulled this card, using the app for the Pic Tarot on my phone, just minutes before receiving a call from my realtor that our counter-offer had been accepted! Woo!

I thought this card was quite hilarious, don't you? I normally associate the image on this card with a stable home base, a family legacy, generations. I also have seen it on a number of occasions to mean a literal house. So, I found it a relevant card to receive in this case.

Here is a quote from a description on this card that I enjoyed, taken from :

Ten of Pentacles's Meaning

Your financial security and emotional well-being are both positively indicated by the presence of this card in your spread. This is only partially your own doing, however, as these positive aspects are inextricably bound up in your close relationships with friends and family. It may also foretell an inheritance.

I couldn't agree more! The Ten of Pentacles implies assistance from family, and a stable financial foundation brought about, in part, by those in generations before you. Thanks to my parents, and their parents before them, I was able to borrow money to put toward moving expenses. My successes are never the result of just my own efforts. They spring from a deep well of familial stability and support. I am very grateful for the help I've been given.


Monday, September 8, 2014

House News: Waiting for Acceptance

Here's a quad of cards I just pulled. Interesting, eh? I mean, it's fairly innocuous until you get the the Ax part. Haha! WHY, AX, WHY?!!# Oh, so it's not that bad. I just think the Ax is funny. But I like the sort of dramatic symbolism of this deck. It gives the oracle spice and pizazz.

Anyway. So, overall this reading is positive. There is an indication of some problem with the Ax card, but the rest of the reading is good, so maybe it won't be prohibitive. I'll try to update when I get more information on whether our counter-offer was accepted!

Much Love,

Friday, September 5, 2014

House Admirers Haggling

Here's a trio of cards I pulled today. Vase, Fire and Flag. I was trying to interpret this but I had a little trouble. It made me think, again, of the house thing. The Vase is someone who likes the house (2 people claim to be interested, and both are allegedly considering financing options), and Fire is a strong feeling about something. Is it coming from me or them? The Flag card made me think of how I'm worried I'm going to get talked down too far in price, and not to try to immediately freak out and lower it. That's my take on it, anyway.


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

House Duo

Here are a couple of single card pulls I did last night, which seem very specifically about house stuff. We are still waiting on a bid. I've decided to just let it go. If it works out, that's good. If not, that's alright, too. I am going to try to let things fall into place and not be so tense and impatient.